Equality In Asia-Pacific: Reality Or A Contradiction In Terms?
by Chan, Phil C.W. (Ed)
About This Book
In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating every human being's right of equality in dignity and right. However, despite recognition by the international community of its importance and codification in numerous national and sub-national constitution and legislation, reinforced by various multilateral and regional human rights treaties, the right of equality has failed to take firm hold in all regions and in all countries.)
Evidence, as presented in this book dedicated to exploring the place of equality in Asia-Pacific societies, suggests that although progress is being made the right of equality has not yet fully materialised, both in law and reality. Many factors, particularly entrenched cultural heritage and practices, the lingering effects of colonialism and newly found independence, and, above all, pervasive ignorance and prejudices, continue to impede the recognition, development and protection of equality in this region.
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