Peace agreements and human rights are closely interwoven. About 70% of all peace agreements signed after 1990 refer to human rights or human rights-related issues. However, peace agreements based on power-sharing compromises often pose significant challenges to internationally agreed human rights norms. Post-conflict transitions have to rely on complex and often fragile political bargaining, in which human rights are invoked to both shape and critique peacemaking.
Author: Jan Pospisil
This book chapter is part of Contemporary Peacemaking: Peace Processes, Peacebuilding and Conflict.