The 4th Conference on Human Rights provides a platform for academics, human rights activists and practitioners to explore current human rights issues in Southeast Asia.
Date: 13-15 October 2019
Venue: Conference Hall, University of Jember, East Java, Indonesia
The call for papers for the 4th Conference on Human Rights on the theme of "human rights in Southeast Asia: theory meets practice" is now closed.
Human rights implementation in Southeast Asia is dynamic and challenging. On a regional scale, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lacks the capacity to enforce human rights in the region because of ASEAN member countries’ shared position on preserving state sovereignty. Individually, most Southeast Asian states have eschewed universalist concepts of human rights, preferring instead to emphasize the primacy of local concepts of individuals’ rights and responsibilities as members of society. This position is especially evident in countries where an authoritarian regime privileges the preservation of national stability, economic development, or social harmony over respect for individual human rights. However, even countries that have amended their constitutions to align with international human rights instruments have struggled, since implementation is influenced not only by legislation but by developments in the economic, social, cultural, religious, and political spheres.
Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts which address any aspect of this broad theme drawing upon their particular field of study and their national, regional, or comparative experience. The focus of accepted papers will include, but will not be limited to:
The conference is free of charge for all presenters. The committee will provide travel subsidies for the authors of the 10 best abstracts submited.
This conference is co-hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Migration (CHRM2) (the University of Jember), the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (the University of Sydney), International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD); and supported by Migrant CARE, Komnas Perempuan and the Indonesian Consortium for Human Rights Lecturers (SEPAHAM Indonesia).
Image by Henri Ismail.