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.
In Life, in Deatha
In Life, in Deatha
My purpose here is to present a few hypotheses on one of the great questions of our time, the arrangement of power and rights in life and in death. I shall argue that the interface of human rights and human-itarianism presents a strategic game between life and death, between power and rights. Further, what is at stake is not a choice between human rights and humanitarianism or an option of combining these two, but nothing less than a battle around how we shall look at life and death, by which I mean power over life and power over death, the right of life and right of death. This lies at the heart of most conflicts around us today.