The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia provides a rich study of human rights challenges facing some of the most vulnerable people in Asia. While formal accession to core international human rights instruments is commonplace across the region, the realisation of human rights for many remains elusive as development pressure, violent conflict, limited political will and discrimination maintain human rights volatility.

This Handbook explores the underlying causes of human rights abuse in a range of contexts, considers lessons learnt from global, regional and domestic initiatives and provides recommendations and justifications for reform. Comprising 23 chapters, it examines the strengths and weaknesses of human rights institutions in Asia and covers issues such as:

  • Participation, marginalisation, detention and exclusion
  • Private sector responsibility and security
  • Conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation
  • Trafficking, displacement and citizenship
  • Ageing populations, identity and sexuality.

Drawing together a remarkable collection of leading and emerging scholars, advisers and practitioners, this Handbook is essential reading for students, scholars, policy makers and advocates of human rights in Asia and the world.

part I|59 pages

Strengthening Asian human rights institutions

chapter 1|13 pages

The rights of the marginalised in Asia

Increasing protection or vulnerability?

chapter 3|14 pages

An emerging Asian human rights regime as a tool for protecting the vulnerable in Asia?

Lessons from the UN human rights system and other regional human rights regimes

chapter 4|16 pages

Protecting the most vulnerable

Opportunities for employing the UN mechanisms in East Asia

part II|53 pages

Participation and exclusion

chapter 6|14 pages

China’s most oppressed

Uyghur exclusion and discrimination

chapter 8|13 pages

An architecture of exclusion

Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel

part III|25 pages

The private sector

part IV|71 pages

Security and conflict

chapter 11|15 pages

Human rights and conflict prevention in Southeast Asia

The protection gap

chapter 12|26 pages

The Rohingya and other Muslim minorities in Myanmar

Human rights and the marginalisation of the most vulnerable

chapter 13|13 pages

The treatment of former combatants in post-war Sri Lanka

A form of arbitrary detention or rehabilitation?

chapter 14|15 pages

Recognising the rights of conflict widows

Insights from Manipur, India

part V|60 pages

Trafficking, displacement and citizenship

chapter 15|16 pages

Statelessness in Asia

An entrenched but solvable problem

chapter 17|14 pages

Between protection and harm

Trafficked persons in Southeast Asia – where do the violations end?