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An Introduction to Human Rights and Security Sector Reform
Successful security sector reform (SSR) must be guided by the understanding of people as rights-holders and the state, including core security actors, as duty-bearers in providing security as a service to the people.
Human rights and security are closely linked. Human rights violations can be a cause of conflict, a result of conflict or an early warning of conflict.
This paper describes international human rights obligations, the concept of SSR, how human rights are relevant to successful SSR, what a human rights-based approach to SSR entails and provide practical examples of specific human rights.