Human rights and the right to development : insights into the Myanmar government's response to rights allegations
Ware, Anthony 2010, Human rights and the right to development : insights into the Myanmar government's response to rights allegations, in ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future, Asian Studies Association of Australia, [Adelaide, S.A.], pp. 1-20.
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ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future
Barr, Michael D. Morrell, Elizabeth
Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference
Asian Studies Association of Australia
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Myanmar is ruled by a military government that is strongly condemned for human rights abuses. In responding to these allegations, the Myanmar government repeatedly adopt the language of Right to Development as a counter perspective and counter allegation. The Right to Development is not well reflected in the Western human rights discourse, and both its development and Myanmar's position in the Right to Development dialogue are considered. This paper looks at the differing perspective that an understanding of the official public Myanmar response to rights allegations brings to the human rights debate surrounding Myanmar, highlighting contested ideas concerning the identity of rights duty-bearers, conceptions of those duties, and allegations of double standards. While the Myanmar position that sanctions violate the Right to Development is rejected, it is suggested that this difference in perspective is a contributor to the impasse and communication gap between the West and the Myanmar regime over human rights.
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