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The Bangkok Declaration Three years After: Reflections on the State of the Asia-West Dialogue on Human Rights
As the Asia-West dialogue on human rights engendered by the Bangkok Declaration approaches its three-year mark, this issue of Dialogue is devoted to an assessment of its progress.
Thinking About Human Rights and Asian Values
To see the conflict over human rights as a battle between Western liberalism and Asian reluctance distracts attention from the central issues: In the battle over the role of human rights and freedoms, the primary parties are Asians of different interests and convictions.
What Asians Think About the West's Response to the Human Rights Debate
New-found national pride pits Asian countries against a "decadent West." Constant pressure to observe human rights obligations, often applied with threats of economic sanctions, is regarded by many as a slap in the Asian face, an attempt by the West to hold the East ransom.
The Task for Asians: To Discover their Own Political Morality for Human Rights
The search for a coherent political morality within the Pacific Rim countries is not a contest between Asians and Westerners, but a soul-searching exercise for Asians themselves: to develop social, political, and philosophical norms that best capture their values.