Self-Inflicted Harm: The ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights

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The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies is now an institutional columnist for the Global Policy Journal. The second post in the series comes from Caryl Thompson and looks at the announcement of a Declaration of Human Rights by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at its recent summit held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November, 2012. This announcement would, ostensibly, appear to be a welcome development affording moral and legal entitlements to the region’s 600 million inhabitants. However, the Declaration has been met with widespread criticism by civil society and grassroots groups across the region and globally and by expressions of concern from the U.S. government. In this article, Caryl Thompson, a PhD candidate in the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies within the School of Politics and International Relations examines the reasons for this response and the potential unintended consequences for member nations. Focusing on the repercussions resulting from the forced displacement of members of the Rohingya minority from the Rakhine district of Myanmar, the article argues that the strictly non-critical, non-interventionist approach adopted by the members of ASEAN is ultimately self-defeating.

You can read Caryl’s full article online: Self-Inflicted Harm: The ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights

The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (IAPS) is the major centre of the University of Nottingham for research and postgraduate teaching on the Asia-Pacific. The Institute is a University-level research centre and currently affiliated with the School of Politics and International Relations. It brings together more than thirty full-time staff members, visiting scholars and students to foster Asian scholarship across disciplinary boundaries. The mission of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies is to promote advanced research in the humanities and social sciences, support and co-ordinate postgraduate teaching and enhance understanding of Asia-Pacific across the University of Nottingham and in the broader community. The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies enjoys a generous bequest from the late Sir Stanley and Lady Nancy Tomlinson.

 

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