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Politics of Human Rights in Southeast Asia : Politics in Asia - Philip J. Eldridge

Politics of Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Politics in Asia

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Published: 22nd November 2001
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The divide between the West and Southeast Asia seems to be nowhere more apparent than in debates about human rights. Within these diverse geographical, political and cultural climates, human rights seem to have become relative, and the quest for absolutes seems unattainable. In this new book Philip J Eldridge seeks to question this stalemate. He argues that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' inclusion in United Nations' human rights treaties could be the common ground that bridges the gap between East and West. Eldridge uses topical case studies and primary research from Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor and Australia, to compare the effectiveness of United Nations' human rights directives on local democracies. This study presents insightful research into a hotly debated topic. As such it will be a thought-provoking resource for students of human rights, politics and international relations.

'Unique in its focused examination of human rights in the South-east Asian setting taking us well beyond stale assessments of Asian values. ... comprehensive and highly informative' - Asian Studies Review

'The strength of the book lies in the depth and breadth of its author's knowledge of the region. He is steeped in its history and politics and he knows all the key players.' - Global Change

Preface and Acknowledgments
Contents
Tables
Abbreviations
Introduction
International Human Rights: Theory and Practice
Human Rights, Democracy and development in Southeast Asia
ASEAN and International Human Rights
Malaysia: 'Illiberal Democracy' and Human Rights
Indonesia: Democratic Transition and Human Rights
East Timor, Indonesia and the United Nations
Australia, Southeast Asia and Human Rights Conclusion: Future Prospects
Glossary
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415214292
ISBN-10: 0415214297
Series: Politics in Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd November 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1