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Strategies of Peace$
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Daniel Philpott and Gerard Powers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.001.0001

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Human Rights and Strategic Peacebuilding

Human Rights and Strategic Peacebuilding

The Roles of Local, National, and International Actors

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(p.231) 9 Human Rights and Strategic Peacebuilding
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Strategies of Peace
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Naomi Roht-Arriaza

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.003.0009

In addressing past human rights violations, strategic peacebuilding must pay attention not only to efforts at the state level, but also to local, transnational, and international actors. The role of international courts and tribunals in generating pressure for domestic prosecution is one pertinent example. While recognizing the critical importance of each level, Roht-Arriaza highlights the role of local initiatives in complementing international and national efforts by changing conflict-created power dynamics and fostering ownership on a larger scale. These initiatives include memorializing past atrocities, local involvement in national truth commissions, and local justice mechanisms.

Keywords:   human rights, peacebuilding, war crimes, war crimes tribunals, truth commissions

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