Human Rights and Peace: Laws, Institutions and Movements explores the shifts in the way peace has been envisaged in the rhetoric and practice of human rights. Peace has come to be seen as a continuing process of the pursuit of liberation, a progressive dismantling of relationships, of exploitation based on gender, caste, class, race, ethnicity and nationality, and a countervailing force to the coercive practices of the state. Woven around the themes of ideas, laws and institutions, and movements, the articles in this volume show how peace has become an over-arching framework in the domain of human rights. The book traces how the idea of peace has transformed from a passive condition of 'sepulchral silence' associated with 'guided' peace, into a praxis led by and producing radical politics of liberatory change. The volume examines: " The distinct claims that peace makes to durable rights which are not subject to arbitrary withdrawals or selective investment by the state; " The articulations of right to peace in the largely unexplored processes of 'conflict resolution' in South Asia; and " The role of human rights movement and institutions in situations of prolonged absence of peace, sustained repression by the state, and unprecedented growth in non-state violence of all kinds.

Gendered Face of Extraordinary Powers in North-East India

Gendered Face of Extraordinary Powers in North-East India

Gendered face of extraordinary powers in north-east India

On 11 July 2004, a young woman named Thangjam Manorama was allegedly raped, tortured and murdered by members of the Assam Rifles a few hours after she was arrested by them. Protest against this heinous act took the character of a mass uprising. The Meira Paibis (women torchbearers) were in the forefront of this protest. In an effort to justify their act the Assam Rifles called Manorama a terrorist and a member of the banned People's Liberation Army (PLA). They said that she was killed when she was trying to flee from custody. The Meira Paibis and other civil liberties organisations remained undeterred. They claimed it to be merely the ...

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