ISBN 9789956790418
Pages 506
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2013
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

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.

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“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

About the Author

Laurence Juma

Laurence Juma was born in Kenya. He now lives with his family in Grahamstown, South Africa, where he teaches law at Rhodes University.

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