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dc.contributor.authorHayes, Mike
dc.identifier.citationM Hayes ‘Selected regional developments in human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific during 2016: Been down so long, it looks like up from here’ (2017) 1 Global Campus Human Rights Journal 535.
dc.description.abstractThis report card of protecting human rights and advancing democracy in the Asia Pacific during the year 2016 is mixed. On the one hand, the year will be remembered for the brutal actions in the Philippines war on drugs and the mass expulsion of the Rohingya. These severe events all occurred in democratic countries with strong popular support, demonstrating how democracy is manipulated to take away the rights of some groups. The fabricated security threats are used to solidify a political base and win elections. On the other hand, there were also other landmarks in 2016, such as 11 ratifications of human rights treaties across the region, and successful court cases. In the coming years, human rights defenders may see these developments as a turning point. Treaty ratification and the activities of the UN special procedures are positive signs for human rights protection, although actual implementation is critical. States have embraced instruments with which they are comfortable, but on other matters, such as political rights and freedom of expression, they remain more reluctant. In the context of these significant threats to human rights, there is disappointment that regional mechanisms (in particular, ASEAN, SAARC and PIF) did little, and it was left to the UN to monitor and coax Asia Pacific states to act in protecting rights. Key words: Duterte’s war on drugs; expulsion of Rohingya, rise of religious extremism; ratification of human rights treaties; ASEAN; SAARC; PIFen_US
dc.publisherGlobal Campusen_US
dc.subjectdrug preventionen_US
dc.subjectdrug controlen_US
dc.subjectAsia Pacific regionen_US
dc.subjectreligious fundamentalismen_US
dc.subjectAssociation of Southeast Asian Nationsen_US
dc.subjectSouth Asian Association for Regional Cooperationen_US
dc.subjectPacific Islands Forumen_US
dc.subjectethnic discrimination
dc.titleSelected regional developments in human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific during 2016: Been ‘down’ so long, it looks like ‘up’ from hereen_US

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    Global Campus Human Rights Journal Volume 1 No 2 (2017)

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