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Community, identity, orientation: sexuality, gender and rights in ASEAN

Langlois, AJ, Wilkinson, Cai, Gerber, P and Offord, B 2017, Community, identity, orientation: sexuality, gender and rights in ASEAN, Pacific review, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.1080/09512748.2017.1294613.

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Title Community, identity, orientation: sexuality, gender and rights in ASEAN
Author(s) Langlois, AJ
Wilkinson, CaiORCID iD for Wilkinson, Cai
Gerber, P
Offord, B
Journal name Pacific review
Volume number 30
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017-03-06
ISSN 0951-2748
Keyword(s) SOGIE
human rights
LGBT rights
Social Sciences
Area Studies
International Relations
Summary The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) escalated its community building project significantly over the last decade, culminating in the launch of a reformed and substantially integrated ASEAN Community at the end of 2015. This article considers what might follow from this newly reformed and rhetorically people-focused version of ASEAN for matters of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE). In claiming to be people-oriented and people-centred, and by developing a regional rights regime, ASEAN opens itself to standards by which it can be measured and held to account. We critically review ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together, and consider civil society’s response, focusing on the critique offered by the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the peak civil society organisation for ASEAN SOGIE matters. We focus on three themes: identity, visibility politics, and rights. We argue that while ASEAN falls short of its own rhetorical standards, these same standards support a politics which keeps rights in contestation, enabling civil society to push for accountability to international standards, and a more democratic politics.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09512748.2017.1294613
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and The Pacific
160607 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940303 International Organisations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Informa UK
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