Human Rights and Chinese Values: Legal, Philosophical, and Political Perspectives

Oxford University Press (1995)

Michael Davis
Illinois Institute of Technology
In March 1993, in preparation for the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, representatives from the states of Asia gathered in Bangkok to formulate their position on this emotive issue. The result of their discussions was the Bangkok declaration. They accepted the concept of universal standards in human rights, but declared that these standards could not overridet he unique Asian regional and cultural differences, the requirements of economic development, nor the privileges of sovereignty. : The difficult and powerful dichotomies raised in Bangkok, and their particular relevance to China, are explored in the ten essays contained in this book. The underlying political, cultural, philosophical, legal and economic issues which cut across the human rights spectrum are also considered. The writiers themselves are Chinese and Hong Kong scholars, or leading political figures who are involved in the current human rights debate. The ultimate goal of the book is not to resolve the issues raised in Bangkok, but to expose some contours of discussion in a way that is fresh and accessible.
Keywords Civil rights  Human rights  Civil rights  Human rights  Civil rights Cross-cultural studies  Human rights Cross-cultural studies
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Call number JC599.C6.H85 1995
ISBN(s) 0195867823
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