1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia

Edited By Fernand de Varennes, Christie M. Gardiner Copyright 2019
    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    382 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Part I. Strengthening Asian Human Rights Institutions 1. The rights of the marginalised in Asia: increasing protection or vulnerability? 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 Asian 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 L. 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 Arab Citizens of Israel, Kathleen A. 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 J. 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.