State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-06
  • Publisher: Cavendish Pub Ltd

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Addressing how state representatives have to negotiate the tensions between international legal imperatives, the expectations of donors, the demands of institutions, as well as their own interests, State Violence and Human Rights addresses how legal practices - rooted in global human rights discourse or local demands - take hold in societies where issues of state violence remain to be resolved.

Author Biography

Andrew M. Jefferson is a researcher at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, in Denmark. Steffen Jensen is a research affiliate with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser) in Johannesburg and is senior researcher at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, in Denmark.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: repopulating state violence and human rightsp. 1
The politics of Palestinian legal reform: judicial independence and accountability under occupationp. 23
Traditional authority and localization of state law: the intricacies of boundary marking in policing rural Mozambiquep. 40
The vision of the state: audiences, enchantments and policing in South Africap. 60
Translating human rights in the margins: a police-migrant encounter in Johannesburgp. 79
The Special Field Force and Namibian ex-combatant 'reintegration'p. 102
On hangings and the dubious embodiment of statehood in Nigerian prisonsp. 122
Taking the snake out of the basket: Indian prison warders' opposition to human rights reformp. 139
Community policing programmes as police human rights strategies in Costa Ricap. 158
Commentary: the piggy-in-the-middlep. 175
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 199
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