oa Africa Insight - Lessons from Yugoslavia

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



As banal as it seems to start every study with the end of the Cold War, it is a truism that the collapse of communism signalled the advent of a new age. An age guided by universal rules and principles - those of democracy and human rights. The reinstatement to prominence of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a main governing document of interstate relations whereby countries were forced to recognise human rights, seemed to be a crucial point for the emergence of a new turbulence: that of ethnic conflict. As universal human rights were being appraised and individuals all over the world celebrated, ethnic groups and communities realised that it was time to affirm their collective rights as universal and inalienable.

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