ASEAN’s New Human Rights Agenda?

Flickr Creative Commons: United States Mission Geneva — Human Rights Council 25th Session
  • On a practical level, ASEAN’s human rights commitment raises the question of whether it undermines the ASEAN way of cooperation. ASEAN has acquired an image of an organisation anxiously guarding member states’ sovereignty — are members changing their perspectives?
  • On a theoretical level, the decision raises the question of what explains human rights commitment.

Refugees are prima facie evidence of human rights violations and vulnerability (Betts & Loescher, 2011: 1).

  • 1) Contiguous states are directly affected by the human rights practices of their less democratic neighbours, most importantly by refugee flows. While perceptions of refugees differ and can also be a positive externality, refugee flows potentially have material and political re-distributive effects and they frequently raise security concerns within the host societies. Committing to human rights on a regional level is then a strategy of refugee management by dealing with its root cause: political repression.
  • 2) Even when states are not directly affected, they can be indirectly affected by the loss of individual and collective reputation when other actors attribute responsibility to them for the policies of their repressive neighbours. Committing to human rights on a regional level is then a strategy of reputation management.
Flickr Creative Commons: Manhhai — Hue 1972, Vietnamese child refugee stands in the road to Hue during the Vietnam War

“Commitment to human rights on both a state and regional level, has been traditionally low”.

Flickr Creative Commons: United to End Genocide — IMG_0061

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*All articles posted on this blog give the views of the author(s), and not the position of LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, nor of the LSE*

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