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The East Asian challenge for human rights

Author: Joanne R Bauer; Daniel Bell
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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"The "Asian values" argument within the international human rights debate holds that not all Asian states can be or should be expected to protect human rights to the same degree due to varying levels of economic, political, and legal development and to differing cultural views on the virtues and necessity of freedom. This position of "cultural relativism," often used by authoritarian governments in Asia to counter  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne R Bauer; Daniel Bell
ISBN: 0521642302 9780521642309 0521645360 9780521645362
OCLC Number: 39545798
Description: xiii, 394 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Liberal democracy and Asian orientalism / Inoue Tatsuo --
Human rights and Asian values: a defense of "Western" universalism / Jack Donnelly --
Human rights and economic achievements / Amartya Sen --
Toward an intercivilizational approach to human rights / Onuma Yasuaki --
Conditions of an unforced consensus on human rights / Charles Taylor --
The cultural mediation of human rights: the Al-Arqam case in Malaysia / Abdullahi A. An-Na'im --
Grounding human rights arguments in non-Western culture: Shari'a and the citizenship rights of women in a modern Islamic state / Norani Othman --Looking to Buddhism to turn back prostitution in Thailand / Suwanna Satha-Anand --
A Confucian perspective on human rights for contemporary China / Joseph Chan --
Rights, social justice, and globalization in East Asia / Yash Ghai --
Economic development, legal reform, and rights in Singapore and taiwan / Kevin Y.L. Tan --
Human rights issues in China's internal migration: insights from comparisons with Germany and Japan / Dorothy J. Solinger --
The anti-nuclear power movement in Taiwan: claiming the right to a clean environment / Mab Huang --
The applicability of the international legal concept of "indigenous peoples" in Asia / Benedict Kingsbury.
Responsibility: edited by Joanne R. Bauer, Daniel A. Bell.
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This book identifies the more persuasive contributions by East Asian intellectuals to the international human rights debate.  Read more...

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