Complementary Approaches to Coexistence Work: Focus on Coexistence and Human Rights

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A new publication by Eileen Babbitt and Kristin Williams is available from Coexistence International. This paper, Complementary Approaches to Coexistence Work: Focus on Coexistence and Human Rights, focuses on the potential for the fields of coexistence and human rights to cooperate and share tools and strategies in order to mitigate both inter-group violence and human rights violations. Neither a human rights nor a coexistence approach can work alone; rather, they must act in a multifaceted and mutually aware way, or risk creating an incomplete or unsustainable peace.

Eileen Babbitt is Professor of International Conflict Management Practice and Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Kristin Williams is Program Coordinator for Coexistence International at Brandeis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School.

Coexistence International (CI), based at Brandeis University since 2005, is an initiative committed to strengthening the resources available to policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, organizations, and networks promoting coexistence at local, national, and international levels.

This paper is part of the Complementary Approaches to Coexistence Work – Focus Paper Series.

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