Human Rights in Asia

Human Rights in Asia

Edited by Thomas W.D. Davis and Brian Galligan

Does the increasing prominence of Asia also mark a new era for human rights in the region? This timely book uncovers the political drivers behind both recent regional and country-based changes to the recognition, promotion and protection of rights.

Chapter 4: Human Rights Discourse in Post-Marcos Philippines

Raul C. Pangalangan

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, public policy

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More than twenty years after the restoration of democracy, the Philippines is facing a repeat of the human rights nightmare experienced under Ferdinand Marcos. The human toll is familiar: extrajudicial killings, disappearances, the intimidation or killing of witnesses and the assassination of lawyers, including a ranking assistant solicitor general and a regional court judge involved in the trial of a corruption-ridden construction contract. What is diff erent is the historical and intellectualmilieu.

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