The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.
Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.
Chapter 35: Human Rights Systems in the Asia-Pacific
Human Rights Systems in the Asia-Pacific
The literature discussing international and regional human rights systems focuses largely on the legal implementation and enforcement of human rights norms and standards. Regional human rights law and constitutional protections may be litigated in regional or domestic courts, while many international human rights regimes include reporting mechanisms to encourage state compliance. Recourse to the law is recognised as an effective and reliable means of obtaining redress for victims of human rights abuses. However, the legal phenomena manifested in Europe, the Americas and Africa – through treaty norms and adjudicative mechanisms – has not been replicated in the Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific countries seem reluctant to use the law to settle human rights disputes, whether ...