The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Peacebuilding and Human Rights

Peacebuilding and Human Rights

Peacebuilding and human rights
ThorstenBonacker and SinaKowalewski


Peace and human rights have a close relationship with each other. According to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a central prerequisite for peace is the recognition of human rights: ‘[…] recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world […].’ Undeniably, serious human rights violations threaten peace. Therefore, since the end of the East–West conflict the UN Security Council has repeatedly legitimized military intervention under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, that is, considered such human rights violations as a threat to world peace and international security. However, this example already demonstrates that ...

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