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Asia and the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Robin Ramcharan
  • Bertrand Ramcharan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 1-21
  3. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 23-38
  4. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 39-64
  5. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 65-76
  6. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 77-109
  7. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 111-129
  8. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 131-168
  9. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 169-191
  10. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 193-220
  11. Robin Ramcharan, Bertrand Ramcharan
    Pages 221-231
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 233-255

About this book

Introduction

This is the first book that explicitly outlines Asian contributions to the elaboration of universal human rights values that were proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Evidence of Asia’s contribution from the historical records of the Commission on Human Rights (1946 and 1948) profoundly refutes any remnants of the relativist ‘Asian values’ discourse. Asians shaped the ‘new humanism’ of the UDHR and the universal values that they also brought to bear on the drafting of this document. The book brings this evidence into focus in order to enter them into contemporary human rights discourse in Asia. The book coincides with the 70th anniversary (2018) of the UDHR and contributes to the ongoing global dialogue between states and societies in the development of human rights norms. At this time, the elucidation of the Asian contribution in this work is part of this dialogue.  

Robin Ramcharan is Professor of International Relations at Webster University Thailand.  He is Executive Director of the Asia Centre, a neutral and independent think-tank in Bangkok that conducts evidence-based research on human rights in Asia. Previously, he was Professor of International Relations and Law at Alliance University, Bangalore. He has worked in international development cooperation with the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization. 

Bertrand Ramcharan served as High Commissioner for Human Rights until July 2004, following the death of Sergio Vieira de Mello in August 2013. Over his three decades with the UN, he served, inter alia, as Special Assistant to the Director of the Centre for Human Rights. He held many senior positions including Chief Speechwriter of the UN Secretary-General, Director of the Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in UNPROFOR, Director of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, political adviser to the peace negotiators in the Yugoslav conflict, and Director in the United Nations Political Department, focusing on conflicts in Africa.

Keywords

Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Asia Human Rights in Asia Human Rights in Southeast Asia ASEAN and Human Rights Universal Human Rights Values 70th anniversary of the UDHR 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Asian Civil Society and the Universal Declaration Asian Drafters & Universal Declaration of Human Rights Asian Foundations of UDHR Principle of Humanity & UDHR Dignity and Equitable Life Chances & UDHR Equality and Non-Discrimination & UDHR

Authors and affiliations

  • Robin Ramcharan
    • 1
  • Bertrand Ramcharan
    • 2
  1. 1.Webster UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Emeritus President, UPR InfoAlythUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2104-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2103-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2104-7
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