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dc.contributor.authorRosser, A.en
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationAsian Studies Review, 2015; 39(2):180-193en
dc.identifier.issn1035-7823en
dc.identifier.issn1467-8403en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2440/95087-
dc.description.abstractDo justiciable legal frameworks for the protection of human rights (JLFPHR) promote the realisation of human rights in countries with low quality democracies? If so, under what conditions? And what do answers to these questions imply for activists ’ strategies for promoting human rights? This essay considers these questions drawing on the papers published here on Indonesia, Nepal, Malaysia and Timor Leste. It suggests that while rights agendas encounter serious political, social and institutional obstacles in low quality democracies, JLFPHR make a positive contribution to rights realisation by: (i) aiding political mobilisation by poor and marginalised groups and their supporters in the NGO movement and (ii) providing a legal basis for these groups to challenge rights breaches through the courts, at least where viable legal pathways for such efforts exist and these groups can muster the financial, organisational and technical resources required to launch and sustain court cases. In terms of strategy, the paper thus suggests that, in addition to constructing JLFPHR, rights activists should focus on facilitating political mobilisation around rights issues, constructing legal pathways that are likely to be receptive to rights causes, and creating support structures to enable citizens to exploit these pathways.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityAndrew Rosseren
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.rights© 2015 Asian Studies Association of Australiaen
dc.subjectLaw; politics; human rights; justiciability; democracy; Indonesia; Timor Leste; Nepal; Malaysiaen
dc.titleRealising rights in low quality democracies: instructive Asian casesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.rmid0030032018en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10357823.2015.1024099en
dc.relation.granthttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT110100078en
dc.identifier.pubid194569-
pubs.library.collectionAnthropology & Development Studies publicationsen
pubs.library.teamDS14en
pubs.verification-statusVerifieden
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
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