The Politics of Human Rights in East Asia

The Politics of Human Rights in East Asia

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Refugees fleeing East Timor. Tiananmen Square in China. The killing fields in Cambodia. Freedom of speech in Singapore. The subject of human rights in Asia is a hotly debated one. In The Politics of Human Rights in East Asia, the authors survey the human rights records and attitudes of each country. The countries covered are: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Kenneth Christie covers Southeast Asia and Denny Roy covers Northeast Asia. They conclude with a discussion of the Association of East Asian Nation's (ASEAN) role and suggestions for the future. Throughout, they examine the competing meaning of human rights in the Western versus the non-Western context and place the role of human rights within the framework of each country's history and political and economic development.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.07mm | 476g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745314147
  • 9780745314143

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Human Rights in East Asia Section 1: Southeast Asia: Kenneth Christie 2. Singapore, Malaysia, and ASEAN 3. Myanmar and Vietnam 4. Indonesia 5.Thailand and the Philippines 6. Cambodia Section 2: Northeast Asia: Denny Roy 7. China 8. Taiwan 9. Japan 10. North and South Korea Index
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Review quote

"Christie and Roy take on the monumental task of examining the state of human rights in 12 countries of southeast and northeast Asia. The result is an introduction to human rights issues in Asia appropriate for general readers and lower-level undergraduates." -- CHOICE
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About Kenneth Christie

Kenneth Christie is a Professor at the University of Bergen in Norway. Denny Roy is a resesarch fellow at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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