Edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet
Chapter 13: Non-discrimination and equality as the foundations of peace
Equality and non-discrimination have explicitly been included in Article 2 of the UN Declaration on the Right to Peace. This makes it crucial for scholars to provide a legal dogmatic analysis of how non-discrimination and equality law relate to the right to peace more concretely. The chapter investigates the relationship between substantive equality and peace. Four ways in which non-discrimination and equality contribute to the founding of peace are analysed: acknowledging that peace starts in the home; addressing racial hate speech and violence; addressing direct and indirect discrimination; and the introduction of active steps targeted at transformation of society. The chapter acknowledges that the human rights instruments do not exist in a vacuum and highlights the crucial role of civil society – both today and historically – in combating inequality and marginalization.
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