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Introduction: Innovative Human Rights Strategies in East Asia
This issue of Dialogue highlights some of the inspirational approaches and continuing structural challenges to human rights implementation in East Asia.
A People-Centered Approach to Human Rights
A “people-centered” approach to human rights is arising from the grassroots, making people in struggle the determinative players in human rights standard setting, monitoring, and enforcement.
Accompanying Fisherfolk in Their Local Struggles for Social Justice and Human Dignity
The right of the fisherfolk to a dignified life as social actors, not passive recipients of government charity, is fulfilled by their participation in the transformation of the development process.
Setting Standards for Indigenous Peoples' Rights: From the Grassroots Up
Jannie Lasimbang goes over the functions of the AIPP, which acts as a regional forum for Asian indigenous groups by enabling them to participate in its conferences, among other things.
Promoting Local Autonomy in Korea
Kim Dong-Ik retraces the problems local autonomy has had in Korea as well has it's recent revival and development. The Citizen’s Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ) has been at the forefront of this effort.
Popular Demands for Village Elections in Rural China
Amidst popular demands for election in rural China, Lianjiang Li reports on the struggles and reality of democratic promotion in rural villages along with the spread of local autonomy, or lack thereof.
Educating for Human Rights: Asian Challenges and Achievements
Richard Pierre Claude examines the role of education in promoting human rights. He cites that NGOs play a bigger role in Asia because of the lack of intergovernmental organizations that promote human rights education.
Seeking to End Discrimination Through Dowa Education
Non-Japanese are treated as second-class citizens, the indigenous Ainu was forced to assimilate, and gender inequality still exists. Dowa (liberation) education, aims at persuading those who discriminate to stop voluntarily.
Implementing Women's Human Rights in Malaysia
Norani Othman points out the the potential problems and solutions to promoting women's rights in an Islamic society in Malyasia.
Awarding Korean Companies for Social Responsibility
KEJI rewards companies after being evaluated for their ethical performance as large Korean corporations in hopes that, as Chun Byung-Hwa points out, can be used to carry out more effective lobbying and reform movements.
Human Rights, Soccer Balls, and Better Business Practices
Reebok has sought a solution that reflects its long-standing commitment to human rights and its own human rights standards by implementing many different programs in Pakistan.
Interview with Doug Cahn
What are the motivating factors behind Reebok’s Human Rights Production Standards and similar efforts in corporate responsibility? Human Rights Dialogue interviews Doug Cahn about the obstacles and effects of these efforts, so far.