By Peter Van Ness
Human rights debates can galvanize powerful reactions, really between humans of other cultural backgrounds. the controversy over Asian values and using human rights international relations are the obvious manifestations of divisions among Asia and the West and replicate specific global perspectives and ancient legacies.In this new e-book, students from the U.S. and a number of other Asian nations debate basic matters reminiscent of 'Asian values', 'peaceful evolution' and cultural imperialism. Provocative and tough essays examine the controversy among East and West, proposing serious views on globalization and human rights diplomacy.Debating Human Rights is an unique contribution to an important region of discussion. It provides a uniquely broad variety of views on debatable concerns and demonstrates how students and activists who view the area very in a different way can still circulation those debates ahead in a look for universal floor.
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The US and its Western allies, notably France, have also failed to support the Algerian movement for human rights and social justice expressed through Islam. There are similar movements for freedom and justice in Egypt and Saudi Arabia which Western governments see as a threat to their interests in the region. Long-standing movements for self-determination in East Timor, Tibet, and Kashmir also have little support from major Western governments. Perhaps, more than anything else, it is the West’s lack of 27 CHANDRA MUZAFFAR commitment to the human rights of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the initial phases which reveals that in the ultimate analysis it is not human rights which count but the preservation of self-interest and the perpetuation of dominant power.
4 (December 1984), pp. 613–45; and Jasper Becker, Hungry Ghosts: Mao’s Secret Famine (New York: Free Press, 1996). 56 For his discussion of positive and negative freedom in this context, see Amartya Sen, “Individual Freedom as a Social Commitment,” New York Review of Books ( June 14, 1990), pp. 49–54. Kennedy and Li Zhisui on Mao Zedong. Both books have been dismissed by some reviewers as nothing more than salacious gossip from the bedrooms of the famous, but the authors had more serious objectives, most importantly to recount for the record abuses of power by leaders whose decisions shaped the fate of millions.
Who is the human being? Why is the human being here? Where does the human being go from here? How can one talk of the rights of the human being without a more profound understanding of the human being him- or herself? It is because of these and other flaws in the very character of the Western approach to human rights that there is an urgent need to try to evolve a vision of human dignity which is more just, more holistic, and more universal. In Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Christianity, Judaism and even in the theistic strains within Confucianism and Buddhism there are elements of such a vision of the human being, of human rights and of human dignity.
Debating Human Rights (Asia's Transformations) by Peter Van Ness