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Human Rights and Conflict Transformation in Africa

by Laurence Juma

This study maps the interactions between human rights norms and values, on the one hand, and conflict resolution, post–conflict peace-building and reconstruction, on the other. It advances the view both from a theoretical and practical standpoint, that human rights have a role to play throughout the life of any conflict: from the pre-conflict to the post-conflict and reconstruction stages. Identifying entry points for human rights in the pre-conflict stage leading up to the establishment of the rule of law and societal reconstruction after the conflict, this book uses Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo experiences to illustrate the obstacles, the successes, and the significance of human rights norms to the overall peace agenda in societies afflicted by conflict.

ISBN 9789956790418 | 506 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2013 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback



“This volume issues a powerful plea to reconcile human rights agendas with peace paradigms in Africa. Its perspective on human rights as both sources of, and solutions to, political conflict will inspire further nuance in the study of conflict and post-conflict societies.”

Dr Harri Englund, Reader and Director, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge



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