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1 Human Rights in Asia: Some issues Jeff Plantilla HURIGHTS OSAKA

2 Diverse Peoples, Diverse Situations

3 Issues in Asia-Pacific Asia is confronted with diverse issues arising from the multitude of situations in the subregions and countries within its territory. Best option: highlight a few issues

4 Preliminary Thoughts Jakarta Post editorial Conversation with a Burman Rape of a Thai girl CAP and DRIK Village Constitutions

5 Transition Period Change beyond the intellectuals Fukuzawa Yuichi

6 Northeast Asia

7 Unsettled History

8 Subregional Contexts Mekong subregion - unsettled history between Thailand, Burma, Kampuchea, Laos Indonesia-Malaysia - each country claims ownership of specific cultural icons (traditional dance [Pendet], song [Rasa Sayang]), textile design (batik), puppetry (wayang kulit), dagger (kris), national anthem (Negaraku) Indo-Pak relations - unending feud among people who originally lived in one country Gulf region - Saudi Arabia (Sunni) versus Iran (Shia) dynamics

9 Subregional Contexts These subregional tensions have underlying issues that are generally founded on perception of superiority (and aided by economic strength) of one country over the other(s). This perception (wrong in the first place) leads to stereotyping of people in a negative sense (backward, violent, etc.) that is a form of discrimination. Popular protests arise, that turn violent in some cases, based mainly on hate. Northeast Asia has the most difficult subregional situation as shown in the absence of any intergovernmental subregional structure.

10 Hong Kong

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13 Mainland China

14 Business and Human Rights Japan

15 Business and Human Rights Japan

16 Business and Human Rights

17 West Asia

18 Foreigners

19 Domestic Workers Rally in Lebanon

20 GCHR://gc4hr.org/news/view/584


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