Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific
Description: While the Asia Pacific region is one of the world’s largest by populationsize, it has long been known for having the least developed regional andnational institutional mechanisms for protecting human rights, particularlycompared to the well-developed systems in Europe, the Americas, and increasinglyin Africa. Asia has the least uptake of human rights treaties of any region inthe world, and serious human rights violations are documented as occurring innumerous countries in the region. Asia has also presented conceptual challengesto the universality of international human rights, for instance througharguments about 'Asian values' (the collective over the individual, the economicover the political, compromise over adjudication) being inconsistent withwestern notions of rights. At the same time, innovative human rights practicesand protections have been developed in some jurisdictions, and increasingly atthe transnational level.There is increasing scholarly and practitioner interest in human rights in theAsia and Pacific regions, driven in part by recent efforts by the Association ofSouth East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to enhancehuman rights protections in those sub-regions. This edited collection makes atimely and distinctive contribution to the literature by bringing together theleading scholars in the field who have written across the gamut of thematichuman rights issues in Asia and the Pacific. A particular strength of thecollection is its inclusion of significant Asian and Pacific authors, who aresometimes under-represented in the mainstream legal debates. The work will be ofinterest to a scholarly and student audience in law (international, comparativeAsian, public, constitutional, and human rights), as well as to readers ininternational relations, political science, Asian studies, and human rights.
Contents: VOLUME I: The Contexts of Human Rights in Asia and the PacificPart 1: History, Culture, Values, Politics, Religion, and Economics1.1: ‘Asian Values’1. Bilahari Kausikan, ‘Asia’s Different Standard’, Foreign Policy, 1993,92, 24–41.2. Joseph Chan ‘The Asian Challenge to Human Rights: A PhilosophicalAppraisal’, in James T. H. Tang (ed.), Human Rights and InternationalRelations in the Asia Pacific (Pinter, 1995), pp. 25–39.3. Jack Donnelly, ‘Human Rights and Asian Values: A Defense of "Western"Universalism’, in Joanne R. Bauer and Daniel A. Bell (eds.), The East AsianChallenge for Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 60–87.4. Hsien-Li Tan, ‘Where was Asia in the Making of International Human RightsLaw? Possible Roots of ASEAN States’ Aversion to Human Rights’, The ASEANIntergovernmental Commission on Human Rights: Institutionalising Human Rights inSoutheast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 60–71.1.2: Pacific Perspectives5. Konai Helu Thaman, ‘A Pacific Island Perspective of Collective HumanRights’, in Nin Tomas (ed.), Collective Human Rights of Pacific Peoples(International Research Unit for Maori and Indigenous Education, University ofAuckland, Auckland, 1998), pp. 1–9.6. New Zealand Law Reform Commission, Converging Currents: Custom and HumanRights in Pacific (Study Paper No. 17, 2006), pp. 48–59, 73–84, 87–102,113–30.7. Unasa L. F. Vaá, ‘Samoan Custom and Human Rights: An Indigenous View’,Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 2009, 40, 237–50.8. Miranda Forsyth, ‘Banishment and Freedom of Movement in Samoa: Leituala v.Mauga, Kilfifi et al.  WSSC 9’, Journal of South Pacific Law, 2004, 8,2.1.3: Religion and Human Rights9. Abdullah Saeed, ‘Muslim Debates on Human Rights and Religion’, in ThomasDavid and Brian Galligan (eds.), Human Rights in Asia (Edward Elgar, 2011), pp.25–36.10. Surya Subedi, ‘Are the Principles of Human Rights "Western" Ideas? AnAnalysis of the Claim of the "Asian" Concept of Human Rights from thePerspectives of Hinduism’, California Western International Law Journal, 1999,30, 45–69.11. Charles Keyes, ‘Buddhism, Human Rights, and Non-Buddhist Minorities’, inThomas Banchoff and Robert Wuthnow (eds.), Religion and the Global Politics ofHuman Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 157–90.1.4: Economics and Human Rights12. Yash Ghai, ‘Rights, Social Justice, and Globalization in East Asia’, inJoanne R. Bauer and Daniel A. Bell (eds.), The East Asian Challenge for HumanRights (Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 241–63.13. Edward Wu, ‘Human Rights: China’s Historical Perspectives in Context’,Journal of the History of International Law, 2002, 4, 335–73.14. Randall Peerenboom, ‘Show Me the Money: The Dominance of Wealth inDetermining Rights Performance in Asia’, Du