Volume 07 Issue 1 - JAN-DEC 2024
The increasing use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand against political opponents, particularly following the 2020-2021 youth-led protests, has raised concerns. By February 2023, 1,895 individuals faced political prosecution in 1,180 cases, with 233 charged under these laws, including a 14-year-old
Roughly one-quarter of the world’s people and Internet users live under governments that engage in heavy censorship. A large portion live behind “The Great Firewall” of China, which places strategic importance on Internet control. The Internet can serve counterhegemonic purposes,
Volume 06 Issue 8 - NOV-DEC 2023
In this issue of Indo-Pacific Perspectives, authors draw attention to the (non)inclusion of human rights in the “rules-based” Indo-Pacific order.
Dr. Peter Harris, editor of the Indo-Pacific Perspectives series, provides the introduction to this issue on human rights in the Indo-Pacific.
The People's Republic of China is often successful in limiting criticism directed against its human rights record by other Indo-Pacific stakeholders. At the same time, balancing against the PRC is largely shaped by shared values and norms among democracies and human rights-abiding countries
n many Indo-Pacific countries, hu-man rights and democracy are in recession. This is particularly true in Southeast Asia, which lies at the core of the Indo-Pacific area, both geographically and in terms of its strategic significance.
Instead of security, prosperity, and human rights, the United States could emphasize shared goals such as trade and investment, regional stability, and human development. This will help the United States build closer ties with Southeast Asian countries with a view to countering Chinese
Given the multitude of problems in abiding by domestic and international rules that promote individual rights among even avowedly liberal democratic states in the Indo-Pacific, effusive appeals to liberalism as a core feature of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” strain credulity.
What is the future of human rights in the emerging IndoPacific order? With the many challenges to human rights across Asia, it is easy to feel pessimistic. The current trend seems to be toward authoritarianism, and we see an erosion of democracy, rule of law, and human rights.
As the Taliban continues to consolidate power in Afghanistan, it is inevitable that states and institutions will have to engage with it to provide Afghans access to humanitarian assistance. However, it must be noted that engagement merely reflects an understanding of power, but not legitimacy.
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