The Fourth Expert Consultation on Human
Rights Fieldwork was convened at OHCHR Headquarters on 3-4 July 2008. Participants
reviewed, discussed and made recommendations to enhance human rights fieldwork
in three critical areas:
1. The promotion and defence of economic, social, and cultural rights.
2. Partnerships for criminal justice.
3. Partnerships for responses to terrorism.
The Guiding Principles for Human Rights
Field Officers Working in Conflict and Post-conflict Environments were
launched on 3 July 2008 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, by the Permanent
Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, with the participation
of diplomats, NGOs and representatives of the major human rights field
officer-deploying inter-governmental organisations.
This case study of international responses in
Kosovo critically examines how the international psycho-social model constructs
war-affected populations as traumatised and subject to psychological dysfunctionalism.
The first half of the paper discusses material that questions the international projection of refugees as traumatised. The second half of the paper explores psycho-social intervention as a new mode of external therapeutic governance.