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Civil Society, Conflicts and the Politicization of Human Rights

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This publicaton explores violence, conflict and peace. It focuses on the non-governmental component in ethno-political conflicts. Civil society actors, or conflict society organizations (CoSOs), are increasingly central in view of the complexity of contemporary ethno-political conflicts CoSOs are key players in ethno-political conflicts. Nevertheless, the precise relationships underpinning the human rights-civil society-conflict nexus have not been fully examined. This volume analyzes the impact of civil society on ethno-political conflicts through their human rights-related activities, and identifies the means to strengthen the complementarity between civil society and international governmental actors in promoting peace. These aims are addressed in case studies on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Turkey's Kurdish question, and Israel-Palestine.

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Civil society impact on conflict: A qualitative comparative analysis

This chapter provides a comparative analysis of the case study material presented in this book. It builds on and analyses the four case studies discussed in Chapters 4–7, which, while all characterized by a strong ethno-political component, differ in important respects. Our comparative research deals with two aspects. First, we seek to identify the factors which shape whether civil society’s human rights articulations lead to the securitization or desecuritization of ethno-political conflicts. Second, we aim to identify the factors in the various case studies that significantly affect the impact of civil society’s human rights articulations across the four cases. In contrast to the discursive comparative analysis of Chapter 10, here we do not delve into the impact of individual human rights articulations by conflict society actors. We complement this analysis by broadening out and assessing how the different variables set out in Chapters 2 and 3, independently and above all in conjunction with one another, impact on conflict. In this respect Chapters 10 and 11 need to be read in parallel. Our experiment was precisely to test whether different comparative methodologies applied to the same empirical data would lead to similar results. As we will show, indeed they did.

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