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The Role of Human and Minority Rights in Complex Power-sharing

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A fundamental concern for well-being of various individuals and communities who have been involved in or affected by ethnic conflict underscores all complex power-sharing agreements. The central premise behind complex power-sharing is that ethnic groups who are recognized by and accommodated within state are far less likely to challenge its authority or to threaten its territorial integrity. Legal practices, including human and minority rights, are increasingly identified as fundamental prerequisites for good governance by both state and non-state actors and feature prominently in complex power-sharing agreements. It may well be that this oversight is a consequence of a methodological predisposition towards social science positivism, which tends to avoid normative claims and categories to the detriment of empirical analysis in this area. This chapter aims to redress the balance by examining the implications of a rights-based response to ethnic conflict as disclosed in various complex power-sharing agreements studied in this book.

Keywords: complex power-sharing agreements; ethnic conflict; human rights; minority rights; rights-based response; territorial integrity



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