Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building
Author: Hitoshi Nasu, Ben Saul
Release Date: July 14, 2011
The Asia-Pacific region is known for having one of the least developed institutional mechanisms for protecting human rights. This edited collection makes a timely and distinctive contribution to contemporary debates about strengthening the institutional protection of human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, in the wake of ASEANs announcement in 2009 of an ASEAN regional human rights mechanism.Drawing together leading scholarly voices including Surya Deva, V.T. Thamilmaran, Tom Zwart and Catherine Renshaw, the book focuses on the systemic issue of institutionalizing human rights protection in the Asia-Pacific. It critically examines the prospects for deepening and widening the institutionalization of human rights monitoring in the region, challenging the orthodox scepticism about whether Asia is ready for stronger institutions. The volume analyses the impediments to institutions, whilst questioning the need for them.