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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 ...
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Overview

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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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.
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In the first part of the text, Christie (comparative politics, U. of Bergen, Norway) surveys the human rights records of Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, and Vietnam) and ASEAN attitudes to these problems. In the second part, Roy (Asia-pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu) covers China, the "two Koreas" and Japan. Throughout the text, they examine the competing and different meanings of human rights, placing each within the framework of the country's political history. Distributed by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745314143
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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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