The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia provides a rich study of human rights challenges facing some of the most vulnerable people in Asia. While formal accession to core international human rights instruments is commonplace across the region, the realisation of human rights for many remains elusive as development pressure, violent conflict, limited political will and discrimination maintain human rights volatility.
This Handbook explores the underlying causes of human rights abuse in a range of contexts, considers lessons learnt from global, regional and domestic initiatives and provides recommendations and justifications for reform. Comprising 23 chapters, it examines the strengths and weaknesses of human rights institutions in Asia and covers issues such as:
- Participation, marginalisation, detention and exclusion
- Private sector responsibility and security
- Conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation
- Trafficking, displacement and citizenship
- Ageing populations, identity and sexuality.
Drawing together a remarkable collection of leading and emerging scholars, advisers and practitioners, this Handbook is essential reading for students, scholars, policy makers and advocates of human rights in Asia and the world.
Table of Contents
Part I. Strengthening Asian Human Rights Institutions
1. Increasing Protection or Vulnerability of Human Rights in Asia? Fernand de Varennes
2. Why Asian Legal Institutions Fail to Protect the Human Rights of the Vulnerable, Nick Cheesman and Basil Fernando
3. An Emerging Human Rights Regime as a Tool for Protecting the Vulnerable in Asia? Lessons from the UN Human Rights System and Other Regional Human Rights Regimes, Debra DeLaet
4. Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Opportunities for Employing the UN Mechanisms in East Asia, Rhona Smith
Part II. Participation and Exclusion
5. Civil and Political Participation and Minority Rights Protection in East Asia, Raees Begum Baig
6. China’s Most Oppressed: Uyghur Exclusion and Discrimination, Alim Seytoff and Henryk Szadziewski
7. The Politics of Human Rights in Myanmar, Naing Ko Ko
8. An Architecture of Exclusion: Palestinian Citizens of Israel, Kathleen Cavanaugh
Part III. The Private Sector
9. Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Southeast Asia, Kenneth Christie and Robert J. Hanlon
10. Human Rights Defenders, Foreign Investment and Land in Myanmar: A Question of Power and Marginalisation, Alison Graham
Part IV. Security and Conflict
11. Human Rights and Conflict Prevention in Southeast Asia: The Protection Gap, Robin Ramcharan
12. The Rohingya and Other Muslim Minorities in Myanmar: Human Rights and the Marginalisation of the Most Vulnerable, Niki Esse de Lang
13. The Treatment of Former Combatants in Post-war Sri-Lanka: A Form of Arbitrary Detention or Rehabilitation? Ambika Satkunanathan
14. Recognising the Rights of Conflict Widows: Insights from Manipur, India,Upasana Mahanta
Part V. Trafficking, Displacement and Citizenship
15. Statelessness in Asia: An Entrenched but Solvable Problem, Amal de Chickera and Laura van Waas
16. Protecting the Rights of Refugees in South and Southeast Asia, Julia Mayerhofer
17. Between Protection and Harm: Trafficked Persons in Southeast Asia – Where do the Violations End? Emma Bowers and Elaine Pearson
18. Southeast Asian Regional Cooperation and Combating Human Trafficking, Huong Le Thu
Part VI. Age, Identity and Sexuality
19. Towards a Regional Framework for Adherence to Children’s Human Rights in ASEAN? Sharon Bessell
20. The Human Rights of Older Peoples in Asia, Christie M. Gardiner
21. Opportunities and Challenges in Implementing Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights in Asia, Raja Devasish Roy
22. No Regional Pattern: LGBTIQ Rights and Politics in Asia, Anthony Langlois
23. A Right’s Based Approach to Indian Speech Laws, Raadhika Gupta
Fernand de Varennes is United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is the author of over 200 publications in more than 30 languages on human rights in Asia and other parts of the world.
Christie M. Gardiner is Lecturer of Law at the College of Law, Australian National University. Her research focuses on ageing, end of life law, human rights, life extension and technology.