Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Rhetoric and Reality

  • Geoffrey Robinson
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


It was not so long ago that powerful western governments preferred to treat the appalling human rights records of their Southeast Asian allies and trading partners as unpleasant secrets among friends. The killing of more than 500,000 people in the aftermath of the 1965 Indonesian coup, the 1975 invasion of East Timor and the subsequent decimation of a third of its population, raised scarcely a murmur of protest, and still less in the way of concrete action. On the face of it, the situation has changed rather dramatically in the past few years. International reactions to the November 1991 massacre in East Timor, to the re-pression of the peaceful opposition in Myanmar (Burma) from 1988, and to a lesser extent the 1992 killing of scores of pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok, for example, were usually swift and strong.


Foreign Policy Asian State Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Special Rapporteur International Scrutiny 
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