Archive for the 'Case Studies' category


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict emerged and has continued to be characterised by the conflicting rights or perceived rights of the two parties (Finkelstein 1995; Said 2000; Shlaim 2001). This has led to violent resistance, which also included grave human rights abuses. The conflict emerged as an identity-based conflict, as the Zionist pursuit of a Jewish state in mandatory Palestine was resisted by the predominantly Arab and Muslim worlds, including the local Palestinian population. At its outset, the attempt to assert the Jewish right to self-determination implied the violation of Palestinian individual human rights, through the mass displacement of populations primarily in 1948 and through the disrespect of international humanitarian law since 1967. Continue reading


The Bosnia Herzegovina conflict (1992-1995) highlights the connection between several human rights issues and the outbreak of conflict (Andjelic 2000; Marcon 2000). The transition from a federal and multiethnic state (former Republic of Yugoslavia) to several new national states affected also the political and social dynamics of the Bosnia Herzegovina conflict and the protection of human rights in the area. Continue reading


Turkey’s Kurdish question, while not having entered a negotiation stage, falls within the post-violence, de-escalation phase of conflict (Cizre 2001; Dorin 2005; Ergil 2000; Ferhad & GÏŒlistan 2000; Gunter 2000; Kirisci & Winrow 1997). It raises different yet comparable questions with regards to both human rights and civil society. Continue reading

The Cyprus Conflict

The Cyprus case study finds its place in the negotiation stage of the conflict (Diez 2002; Richmond 1998; Tocci 2004). It highlights vividly how the violation of individual human rights occurred prior to the emergence and consolidation of the conflict. Continue reading