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Human rights and asia

Human Rights and Asia

Lindy Stirling

Contemporary Issues

What are human rights
What are Human Rights?

  • Interrelated, interdependent and indivisible

  • Universal and inalienable

  • Equal and non-discriminatory

  • Both Rights and Obligations

  • International Bill of Human Rights

What are human rights1
What are Human Rights?

  • Making it plain – with a little help from your friends

Who signed udhr in 1948
Who signed UDHR in 1948?

Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Asian countries signed icescr
Asian Countries signed ICESCR?

Bangladesh 1998, Cambodia 1992, China 2001, Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1981, India 1979, Indonesia 2006, Japan 1979, Lao People's Democratic Republic 2007, Maldives 2006, Nepal 1991, Pakistan 2008, Philippines 1974, Republic of Korea 1990, Sri Lanka 1980, Thailand 1999, Timor-Leste 2003, VietNam 1982.

Asian countries signed iccpr
Asian Countries signed ICCPR?

Bangladesh 2000, Cambodia 1992, China 1998, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 1981, India 1981, Indonesia 2006, Japan 1979, Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2009, Maldives 2006, Mauritius 1973, Nepal 1991, Pakistan 2008, Philippines 1986, Republic of Korea 1990, Sri Lanka 1980, Thailand 1996, Timor-Leste 2003, VietNam 1982

Is it binding
Is it binding?

  • Human rights are set out as principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A declaration is not legally binding. It lays out principles and objectives and carries moral weight.

Is it binding1
Is it binding?

  • A covenant, convention or treaty, unlike a declaration, has the force of law.

  • The broadest legally binding human rights agreements negotiated under UN auspices are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

6 treaty monitoring bodies
6 Treaty monitoring bodies

Committees of:

  • Elimination of Racial Discrimination

  • Human Rights

  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • against Torture

  • the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

  • the Rights of the Child

    The Articles of the Charter have the force of positive international law because the Charter is a treaty and therefore a legally binding document.

Opposition to udhr
Opposition to UDHR

  • Islamic criticism

    • Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • Bangkok Declaration

    • World Conference on Human Rights

  • The Right to Refuse to Kill

Hr issues prominent in media
HR issues prominent in media

  • Brainstorm issues you can recall from the recent media around Human Rights in Australia/Asia.

  • Can you sort them by the 30 Articles?

Issues to consider
Issues to consider

  • What emphasis/perspective does the exploration of HR in a country give?

  • How do we get a range of views about an issue?

  • Examine articles from the handout

Teaching human rights
Teaching Human Rights

  • What resources are available for Asia and Human Rights?

  • Pageflakes – Human Rights and Asia

Websites from the online guide
Websites - from the online guide

  • See the updated sheet

Websites from amnesty
Websites - from Amnesty

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Plain language version with notes on each article – UN Cyberschoolbus

The 30 Articles of the UDHR with photos

How the Universal Declaration developed

Human Rights photos – United Nations

Other International Human Rights Agreements

International Human Rights Agreements

Poverty and Human rights

Povery and Human Rights - Amnesty International

Amnesty International's history and work

Amnesty International history: Amnesty International Canada

Amnesty International’s 40 years: flash & html presentation


Wants & Needs game – UNICEF UK

Games and activities: Amnesty International USA

Understanding human rights

  • Tour of human rights - Amnesty International Canada

  • Human Rights Resources and Links – UN Cyberschoolbus

  • “This is my home” - University of Minnesota Human Rights Center

  • What are human rights? – HREOC

  • Understanding Human Rights - Compass

  • Glossary of human rights terms

  • Questions and answers about human rights

  • Frequently asked questions on human rights - HREOC

  • Questions and Answers: What are human rights? - Compass

  • Questions and Answers: Protecting Human Rights - BBC

  • Origins of human rights

  • The origins of modern human rights laws – HREOC

  • The evolution of human rights – Compass