Human Rights and Peace


Human Rights and Peace

International and National Dimensions

David P. Forsythe

206 pages


December 1993


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About the Book

As our world becomes a truly global village through instantaneous media transmission of events, the relationship between human rights and peaceful international relations receives more and more attention. David P. Forsythe's book analyzes and discusses the dimensions of cover and overt human rights violations and how they militate against the establishment of democracies in the Third World.
Part One describes the paradox of internationally recognized human rights standards and international violence. Forsythe draws a crucial comparison between the lack of overt force between industrialized democracies and the use of covert force by certain democracies against some elected Third World governments.
Part Two deals with human rights and intrastate violence. A creative framework of analysis, centering on the concept of political legitimacy, is illustrated by case studies of Sri Lanka, Liberia, and Romania. Forsythe shows that, in different ways and in different situations, the violation of human rights standards can be correlated with political revolution.
Human Rights and Peace evaluates critically the argument that human rights in general and democracy in particular contribute to peaceful international relations.

Author Bio

David P. Forsythe is a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His publications include The Internationalization of Human Rights, The Politics of International Law, Human Rights and World Politics, and U. S. Foreign Policy.


"Professor Forsythe's attention to relations between peace and human rights opens new areas for analysis and synthesizes important information. This book confirms, once again, his eminent position as a scholar of human rights."—Claude E. Welch, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY, Buffalo

"An important contribution to the field of human rights studies. . . . To my knowledge, it [human rights and peace] has never been dealt with in as systematic a fashion."—Peter R. Baehr, director of the Human Rights Institute, The Netherlands

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