Human rights groups have limited their role to monitoring and
protesting human rights violations committed by state actors.! With the
emergence of armed opposition groups-such as the Sendero Luminoso in
Peru2 and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka 3 -that
murder, torture, and destroy civil society in their respective regions,
human rights entities must question whether they should broaden their
mandate to include abuses committed by such groups. Focusing on the
context of India, this article: (1) develops arguments encouraging human
rights groups to critique abuses perpetrated by armed opposition groups;
(2) suggests potential problems that may be encountered in making such
criticisms; and (3) raises some reasons for caution by human rights
organizations that condemn the actions of armed opposition groups.
"Confronting the Violence Committed by Armed Opposition Groups,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol1/iss1/1