Civil and political participation and minority rights protection in East Asia

Authored by: Raees Begum Baig

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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With reference to the experience in East Asia, this chapter explores the civil and political space for migrants’ civil and political participation, and draws correlations with migrant rights protection. With the growing connotation of human rights as a Western concept, and the applicability of international human rights standards and protection mechanisms being challenged by Asian states, whether migrant rights could be effectively upheld is highly questionable. It is arguable that with the marginalisation of human rights obligations under the East–West discourse and a lack of democratic systems in ensuring political participation, migrant rights are highly under threat in East Asia.

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