Human rights and conflict prevention in Southeast Asia

The protection gap

Authored by: Robin Ramcharan

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138855700
eBook ISBN: 9781315720180
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The chapter posits that the protection of human rights is a vital part of conflict prevention, i.e. the absence of violent conflict within and between societies. It argues that a major pitfall in the Southeast Asian regime’s conflict prevention capacity is its lack of real ‘protection’ mechanisms, national and regional, which are important parts of good governance and the legitimacy of states. The weak human rights mechanisms are placed in the wider geopolitical context in the Asia-Pacific area from the perspective of preventing ‘wars of the third kind’, i.e. wars that often have human rights violations at the heart of conflict. It argues for the crafting of a human rights early warning and risk assessment by the ASEAN Regional Forum.

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