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Amnesty as the Price for Peace?: A Comparative Study of Conflict Amnesties as a Tool to Achieve Peace
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Amnesties are a common feature in peace negotiations. Since the end of the Second World War, 45% of all bargained solutions to conflict included an amnesty provision (Binningsbø  et al., 2012:732). Even though it is such a common feature in modern conflicts, the research on amnesties in relation to peace is surprisingly scarce (ibid:732). Most scholars have studied the legality of amnesties, their legal implications, and their relation to human rights and democracy (Olsen et al., 2012; Bell, 2008; Freeman & Pensky, 2012). During recent years, a debate has sparked between peacemakers and human rights advocates within the transitional justice literature regarding the justifiability of amnesties as a tool in peace negotiations. The debate is commonly referred to as the peace v. justice debate (Sonnenberg & Cavallaro, 2012). Although several scholars have contributed to the debate, no consensus on if and how amnesties are beneficial for peacebuilding has been established. This paper will contribute to the debate by testing a newly developed theory in a comparative study, and strives to answer the question How do different types of amnesties affect prospects of peace?

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2017. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Amnesty, transitional justice, peace, human rights, bargaining, Senegal, Papua new Guinea
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-313022DiVA: diva2:1065669
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies
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Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2017-01-16 Last updated: 2017-02-07Bibliographically approved

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