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The rights of people with intellectual disabilities in the post-conflict context: Constructing a framework for inclusion

Galbraith, Heather

This thesis considers the current inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities (PWIDs) in postconflict processes. The author uses a disability rights framework to demonstrate that transitional justice mechanisms do not go far enough in addressing the rights of PWIDs in post-conflict contexts. In order to uphold state obligations towards PWIDs, post-conflict states must use a wider transformative process and address the structural violence suffered by PWIDs and the violations of their economic, social and cultural rights. Only by incorporating a disability rights framework into post-conflict processes and mainstreaming disability issues nationally, can a state adequately redress the human rights violations suffered by PWIDs and give effective guarantees of nonrecurrence.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Thesis Advisors
Cooper, Belinda
M.A., Columbia University
Published Here
December 8, 2016
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