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Series 1, Number 3 (Winter 1995): International Human Rights and Asian Commitment


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In collaboration with the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo and the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the Carnegie Council held a workshop in Hakone, Japan on June 24–26, 1995 to analyze the realities within countries in Asia that give rise to competing conceptions of human rights and to improve understanding of rights in the region, while reducing confrontation. The first article in this volume draws upon discussion from that workshop, followed by articles from Xin Chunying of China and Jaran Cosananund of Thailand who discuss the evolution of the human rights discourse in their respective societies.

International Human Rights and Asian Commitment | 12/04/95
After the 1993 Bangkok Regional Preparatory Meeting, human rights were no longer dismissed as a tool of foreign oppression but were promoted as a means of asserting Asian distinctiveness from Western-dominated norms of social and political order. Author(s): Joanne Bauer

A Brief History of the Modern Human Rights Discourse in China | 12/04/95
Given the logic of communist ideology—that the working people are the masters in society—human rights did not make much sense. After all, the logic went, from whom do you want rights? Author(s): Xin Chunying

Authoritarian Culture and the Struggle for Human Rights in Thailand | 12/04/95
A Hindu notion of divine kingship and a feudal absolute monarchy have reinforced authoritarianism as the dominant political culture from ancient to present-day Thai society, clashing with a modern culture of democracy and human rights. Author(s): Jaran Cosananund

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