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.

Dalit Lynching at Dulina: Cow-Protection, Caste and Communalism*

Dalit Lynching at Dulina: Cow-Protection, Caste and Communalism*

Dalit lynching at dulina: Cow-protection, caste and communalism
People's Union for Democratic Rights

On 15 October 2002, five Dalit men were brutally killed on the main road outside the Dulina police post, near the town of Jhajjar (district Jhajjar) Haryana, in the presence of and possibly by a large and violent mob in front of the police and several senior district officials. At the time the mob believed that all five were engaged in cow-slaughter. This report is based on an investigation into the incident and its aftermath during November–December 2002 by a seven-member People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) team.1

The 15 October 2002 Killings

According to the families of the victims, five men left Badshahpur village (district Gurgaon) at ...

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