THAILAND-HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ASIAN RIDDLE
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By Vitit Muntarbhorn
The Bangkok Post-Oct 8
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a seminal declaration adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. This document has spawned several international treaties (“conventions”) and it has inspired a vast range of actions worldwide to protect human rights on the basis of equality and non-discrimination. Yet the situation in the Asian region is perplexing, if not distressing, on several fronts. Add to that the riddle: how, and how much, has the Asian region contributed to the formulation and implementation of the declaration?
First published in: Bangkok Post