This review article looks at the challenges and opportunities in addressing the issues of human rights and poverty in Asia in the 21st century. From the economic potential perspective, we are living in what has been termed the 'Asian century'. This is because the economic power houses of the industrialized west have been in relative decline while the economic growth in the Asian region has outstripped all other regions in the globe. This growth is not even within countries or between countries. Poverty may therefore be in general decline but it is not eliminated and inequalities within countries may have worsened in countries like Peoples Republic of China. Improving economic circumstances is good for human rights as this paper regards poverty as a human rights issue. Economic growth, however, does not always correlate with improvement in the human rights situation. Some of the leaders in the region have argued that the region needs economic growth and not human rights as understood in the Western countries. The 'Singapore model' is such an approach that favours creating wealth while regarding granting human rights as a threat to rapid economic growth. There are also other threats to human rights in this Asian century including the treatment of minorities, religious intolerance and armed conflicts. The chapter concludes that there are good prospects for improving human rights and reducing poverty but also many challenges along the way.
|Title of host publication||Some aspects of community empowerment and resilience|
|Editors||Venkat Pulla, Bharath Bhushan Mamidi|
|Place of Publication||New Delhi|
|Publisher||Allied Publishers Private Limited|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|