n Malawi Law Journal - The role of human rights in post-conflict situations in Africa
|Article Title||The role of human rights in post-conflict situations in Africa|
|© Publisher:||University of Cape Town|
|Journal||Malawi Law Journal|
|Publication Date||Dec 2008|
|Pages||279 - 305|
Human rights principles, norms and institutions are critical in post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building, but their contribution often depends on how the principal actors and all other major players in the conflict arena receive and interact with them throughout the conflict continuum. This article attempts to map out those major points of interaction, and to isolate human rights principles that influence the choices the parties make towards the resolution of the conflict and the crafting of post-conflict political structures. It argues that since the idea of human rights has become so pervasive that even warring factions in internal conflicts are now forced to reckon with its principles, and most often show willingness to incorporate its norms in peace agreements, the human rights agenda in a post-conflict society definitely extends beyond providing an opportunity for the punishment of past violations to laying a firm foundation for building political institutions sensitive to justice, peace and reconciliation.
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