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.

National Human Rights Commissions and Internally Displaced Persons: The Sri Lankan Experience*

National Human Rights Commissions and Internally Displaced Persons: The Sri Lankan Experience*

National human rights commissions and internally displaced persons: The Sri Lankan experience

Although the first Human Rights Commission (HRC) was set up in Canada in 1947, HRCs received prominence after the United Nations began to actively promote the concept. After the endorsement by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1992, and by the General Assembly and Vienna World Conference in 1993 of the ‘Principles Relating to the Status and Functioning of National Institutions for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights’ (Paris Principles), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) initiated a programme that provides support for countries that are in the process of setting up such institutions.

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