Whether through the practice of HR defenders or peacebuilders, or in the leverage of multi-lateral HR instruments to contribute to peace and conflict prevention, the resourcefulness of practitioners reveals creative collaboration at the nexus of peacebuilding and HR. There is much common ground but also challenges– whether in 'dealing with the past', from the perspective of YPS or WPS programming, in the risks of securitization of peacebuilding, or resilience approaches associated with justice.
How can these 'shake loose' policy debates that are often stuck, including within the multilateral system, and how do policies inhibit innovation or create potential harm to this practice on the ground?
Key Theses, Thoughts and Ideas
This notion of intersectionality of rights, and complementarity between human rights, justice and peacebuilding is inherent to the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was seen as essential to guarantee a certain minimum set of ‘rights’ to sustain peace.
The lived experience of local practitioners confirms this notion: from youth that advocate for participation and protection as a transformative rights; the need for human rights-based approaches to violent extremism rather than securitized non-solutions that do more harm; to just transitions for sustainable solutions to the human impact on climate change; or ‘peace responsive’ approaches to human rights as a source of resilience for peace.
Siloed policy debates, a private sector that still fails to acknowledge its own impact in societies, a UN that struggles to overcome its fragmentation., and bifurcated funding by most donors, all continue to push against the complex realities – undermining transformation to a sustainable, just and peaceful global society.