Human Rights And Negative Peace

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Human rights and peace are connected and since we have positive and negative peace, there are several forms of achieving negative peace. The thing that concludes all the negative peace building ways is that they all have one purpose is to stop the fighting. However its necessary to maintain a peaceful society than just to stop the direct violence. While the positive peace advocates say that it is necessary, but not enough, to prevent and be against war. Additionally one needs to be in support of something, in favor of peace. Thus its necessary in peace studies not only to focus on the understanding and prevention of war, but also on the establishment of a desirable and attainable peace. Galtung says that for a society to be peaceful, in a positive…show more content…
Both are essential for one another, and without the one you cannot have the other. Human rights and peace are commonly dependent and if human rights are realized and not protected, peace cannot be achieved, and if peace is absent human rights cannot be protected. A peace without human rights could be considered a weak peace
(Ife, 2007: 160f).
The concept of human rights and its respect is pretty new. After the Second World War the international awareness to human rights grew significantly. However, the ideas of human rights have existed for quite a long time. The focus was mainly on the rights through the state, and little on universal rights. Different states were more worried about what happened within their national borders, and not so much about what happened internationally. However, the attention with international human rights increasingly began to develop, and in particular as an outcome of wasteful denial of people’s rights and the Holocaust, the whole world began to put focus on international human rights (Barash&Webel, 2002: 431-433).
Some of the scholars see the human rights as individual rights, meaning basic rights that the
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In response, some have called to give up a ‘positive peace’ and support a more realistically attainable ‘negative peace’. Yet efforts solely seeking to achieve a ‘negative peace’ tend to be externally driven, unfortunate to successfully address root causes, and privilege stability over legitimacy; they will therefore fail to produce a durable, legitimate and self-sustaining peace.
Conclusion
Human rights and peace are connected, but when country that experience human rights violations will not be peaceful, at least not in a positive peace way. Peace and human rights are necessary for each other, and a peace without human rights could be considered a weak peace. More importantly If a society suffers from human rights violations, peace will never really be achieved.
Violations of human rights are the basic ground which led to conflict. Those violations include unlawful killings, torture, forced displacement, starvation, attacking civilians and commit war crimes are terrible abuses of human rights. The sustained denial of human rights causes repressed/oppressed groups to react and may prompt intervention, increasing the conflict. Human rights abuses cause and escalate
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