Introduction in 'Human Rights Law in Asia and the Pacific'
HUMAN RIGHTS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: VOLUMES I-IV, B. Saul & C. Renshaw, eds., Routledge, pp. 1-21, 2014
17 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2014 Last revised: 29 Sep 2014
Date Written: March 2, 2014
In recent years there has been an extraordinary growth of interest in Asia and the Pacific. A host of new regional and sub-regional political and economic groupings, institutions, interests and alliances have emerged from these regions. The military power and economic potential of countries such as China and India is impossible to ignore. Yet it is equally impossible to ignore the endemic poverty that persists throughout the region; the lack of development and the unequal development; the conflict, both civil and inter-state; the absence of institutions capable of guiding development and resolving disputes. These problems are of course not unique to Asia and the Pacific. Yet their manifestation in this region has many distinctive features, and how these problems are met in Asia and the Pacific has profound implications for the rest of the world. This essay introduces a four-volume collection of previously published articles, book chapters and other key materials on human rights in Asia and the Pacific. The collection brings together some of the leading writing over many decades, across continents and disciplines, enables critical reflection on the state of knowledge in the field, as well as its preoccupations and blind-spots. This introductory essay summarises some of the key contributions in the field, across decades and continents.
Keywords: Asia, Pacific, human rights, ASEAN, Asian values, national human rights commission, China, civil society, constitutional rights, development, international crimes, self-determination, socio-economic rights, refugees, migrants
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33
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