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Religion and Human RightsAn Introduction$
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John Witte and M. Christian Green

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733453.001.0001

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Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace

Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace

(p.346) 21 Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace
Religion and Human Rights

R. Scott Appleby

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines religion in relation to violence and the right to peace. More specifically, it considers whether there is a right to peace and whether it is upheld by religions. It also discusses the reputation of modern religion as a major social and political obstacle to the full realization of human rights. Finally, it assesses the odds that religions will succeed in building and maintaining a religious obligation to peacebuilding that would validate and enforce a right to peace, along with the question of which religious actors will prevail in a given society.

Keywords:   religion, violence, right to peace, human rights, peacebuilding

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