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.

The Punjab Mass Cremations Case: A Postscript

The Punjab Mass Cremations Case: A Postscript

The punjab mass cremations case: A postscript

On 16 September 2002, Justice Verma had directed the Punjab Police (PP) to file affidavits with respect to each of the 585 ‘identified’ cremations, as per the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) list, by 31 October 2002.1 However, on 8 May 2003, when the next hearing took place with Justice A.S. Anand as the Chairperson, the PP had filed affidavits in only 216 cases. His first task was to ensure quick filing of the remaining affidavits. Simultaneously, he made it clear that he intended to ‘finish’ the case quickly. At the first hearing itself, Justice Anand said that principles of strict (or, absolute) liability in public law should be applied in this ...

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