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Human Rights Violations and Violent Internal Conflict

Cingranelli, David and Mark, Skip and Gibney, Mark and Haschke, Peter and Wood, Reed and Arnon, Daniel (2019) 'Human Rights Violations and Violent Internal Conflict.' Social Sciences, 8 (2). p. 41. ISSN 2076-0760

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This research project uses econometric methods and comparative, cross-national data to see whether violations of human rights increase the likelihood of the onset or escalation of violent protest, terrorism and/or civil war. The findings show that these types of violent internal conflict will occur and escalate if governments: (1) torture, politically imprison, kill, or “disappear” people, (2) do not allow women to participate fully in the political system, including allowing them to hold high level national political office, and (3) do not allow women to participate fully in the economic life of the nation by ensuring equal pay for equal work, by encouraging their entry to the highest paid occupations, and by protecting them from sexual harassment at their workplaces. These types of violations of human rights and the existence of large horizontal inequalities in societies independently produce an increased risk of the onset and escalation of many forms of violent internal conflict. The results also provide some evidence for the argument that there is a trade-off between liberty and security.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: human rights; grievance theory; conflict; political violence; women’s rights; torture; disappearances; extrajudicial killings; political imprisonment; horizontal inequality
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 09:51
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:11

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