The State of Human Rights in Eleven Asian Nations – 2008


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2008 marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. In many Asian nations, human rights remain elusive despite being enshrined in this key instrument of international human rights law, as well as those subsequently enshrined in detail in instruments such as the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, or the Conventions Against Torture, Violence Against Women or the Rights of the Child, for example. This is the case eventhough these instruments resulted from a consensual process at the international level,and therefore represent the values of all the members of the United Nations, not just those of developed countries, as is sometimes argued by countries trying to extricate themselves from their obligations under international human rights laws and standards.

This publication details the violations of human rights that the AHRC encountered through its work in 2008 and the ways in which justice and human rights were undermined through the failings in the institutions of the rule of law, in the following countries: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Published in December 2008 by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), 385 pages, Language: English, ISBN: 978-962-8314-45-4; PID: AHRC-PUB-020-2008
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