The Universal Periodic Review of Southeast Asia

Civil Society Perspectives

  • James Gomez
  • Robin Ramcharan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Regional Perspective

  3. Thematic Perspectives

  4. National Perspectives

  5. The UPR and Regional Mechanisms

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-229

About this book


The research presented in this book provides a stakeholder analysis of human rights protection at a time when the region appears to be regressing into an insidious and deep authoritarianism. As political space shrinks in Southeast Asia, the book provides an insight into how civil society engaged with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the first (2008-2011) and second (2012-2016) cycles. Through evidence-based research, the authors in this volume identify gaps in human rights reporting and advocacy during the UPR, notably on civil and political issues such as the right to life, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and claims for greater autonomy. In short, The Universal Periodic Review of Southeast Asia: Civil Society Perspectives, highlights the need for more engagement on civil and political issues during the third cycle of the UPR in 2017-2020. Failing this, the UPR process risks being reduced to a platform where civil society only engages on issues that States are willing to cooperate on. If this is the case, Southeast Asia's democratic transition will suffer a long term set back.


ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights AICHR Civil Society in Southeast Asia Civil Society and Human Rights Death Penalty in Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion in Southeast Asia Human Rights in Southeast Asia Human Rights Council Human Rights Protection National Human Rights Institution Southeast Asia Universal Periodic Review United Nations

Editors and affiliations

  • James Gomez
    • 1
  • Robin Ramcharan
    • 2
  1. 1.Asia CentreBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Asia CentreBangkokThailand

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