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Human Rights and International Relations in the Asia Pacific

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ISBN13: 9781855672161
ISBN: 1855672162
Published: August 1996
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



As economic contacts between the West and Asia grow, so does the need to understand the different perspectives each holds on the issue of human rights. This volume contributes to a wider understanding of the issues involved.;The questions it tackles are: Can there be a universalist notion of human rights? To what extent have different interpretations of human rights issues created international tension and conflict in the Asia Pacific region, between Western and Asian countries? Can such differences be resolved?;At a more practical level it further explores specific questions such as the role of international organisations in international human rights problems, and the best ways of developing dialogues among countries with different human rights standards and political priorities.

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Contents:
Introduction: Human rights in the Asia Pacific - competing perspectives, international discord and the way ahead, James T.H. Tang.
Part 1 Conceptual perspectives: human rights - Asia and the West, Michael Freeman; the Asian challenge to universal human rights - a philosophical appraisal, Joseph Chan; human rights, economic change, and political development - a Southeast Asian perspective, Mely Caballero-Anthony; Asian perspectives on human rights, Yash Ghai.
Part 2 Countries perspectives: United States foreign policy and human rights, William J. Barnds; human rights study in the People's Republic of China, Zhou Wei; human rights in Japanese foreign policy - Japan's China policy after Tiananmen, Seiichiro Takagi; people's diplomacy for human rights - the Philippine experience, Francisco Nemenzo; the dragon not defeated - human rights in Russia, Constantine V. Pleshakov.
Part 3 Institutional and regional perspectives: the role of the United Nations in the provision of humanitarian assistance - new problems and new responses, Paul Taylor; economic co-operation and human rights in the Asia Pacific - the role of regional institutions, Lawrence T. Woods; human rights and regional order - ASEAN and human rights management in post-Cold War Southeast Asia, Amitav Acharya.
Part 4 Conclusions: towards a regional alternative to human rights problems in the Asia Pacific, James H. Tang. Appendices: Bangkok Declaration; the Asia Pacific non-governmental organizations' Bangkok Statement and response to the Bangkok Declaration; statements by representatives of Asian governments at the Vienna World Conference on human rights.