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Documentation: International Legal Human Rights Framework - Human Rights and the Institutionalisation of ASEAN: an Ambiguous Relationship

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Rathgeber, Theodor

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Abstract While the ASEAN Charter of 2007 heralded an era of improved democracy, human rights protection and good governance in accordance with the rule of law, the reality on the ground tells a different story. While all of the trappings of a human rights mechanism are in place, the normative and protective capacity of the regime is ambiguous at best. The adoption of core international human rights treaties by ASEAN member states presents an ambiguous picture, one which reveals significant variations between the ten countries. The purported institutionalisation of international human rights standards since 2007 in the region via the creation of an ASEAN human rights mechanism in that year is betrayed by the poor condition of actual protection of human rights at the national and regional level. The article analyses the situation on the ground in light of the normative obligations and aspirations of the states. (auhtor's abstract)
Keywords ASEAN; Southeast Asia; human rights; human rights convention; international regime; human rights violation; international politics; policy implementation; implementation; national politics; constitutional state; institutionalization
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Political System, Constitution, Government
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 131-165
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 33 (2014) 3
Issue topic Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
ISSN 1868-1034
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs