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One cannot envisage what developments will have occurred by the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, but one can be fairly certain that, unless interrupted by external invasion, human rights cultures in each of these states will develop to have some common features and also distinctive characteristics. Moreover these ‘hybrid’ human rights cultures will be significantly different from those either in the ‘west’ or in the ‘south’. Contemporary Asian medical culture which has been strongly influenced by western medical practice but which retains many traces of pre-modern attitudes might provide an analogy of what we can expect. The theory and practice of human rights in general and the implementation of the rights of children or patients will have local characteristics while sharing universal aims of ensuring care and enabling autonomy. This seems to imply that in acquiring local characteristics the practice of human rights will be influenced by ‘Asian values’. Is there any indication at this stage about what these might consist of?