ASEAN human rights dialogue: More than just talking, but listening – Opinion


Yuyun Wahyuningrum (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta ●
Mon, October 4, 2021

I never thought hosting or participating in a dialogue was a radical idea. Although not easy and takes effort, dialogue is seen as an effective method of communicating ideas which requires all participants to have equal status and be prepared to accept differences.

However, when it comes to a human rights dialogue between States, although such a dialogue may be necessary, it is not always desirable.

Some participating states fear a human rights dialogue as it could open up space for other countries to criticize their human rights record. In addition, the relationship between a state and human rights is often strained, which is inevitable but can be mitigated.

International human rights law perceives the role of the state as the main guarantor of human rights and asks it to be responsible for upholding the norm …

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