The Politics of Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree has accepted an honorary doctorate at the University of Oslo. She will receive this doctorate iduring a ceremony on Sept 1st, 2017.

She has also accepted the invitation to lecture on international human rights discourse and standards within the context of ASEAN and Southeast Asia (SEA). The lecture examines the human rights situation in ASEAN/SEA as well as the development of an ASEAN human rights regime and the politics surrounding it. Vice-Rector at UiO, Åse Gornitzka will introduce her.

Sriprapha Petcharamesree.

Central to the discussion is the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, and what it means for the protection and promotion of human rights in Southeast Asia . 

Similar trends - different expressions

Authoritarianism, nationalism, populism, religious and traditional values challenge democracy, the rule of law and human rights globally. Although these trends may seem similar, they are expressed differently, and should be understood within the context of the society and culture where they resonate. Within the context of Southeast Asia, they are formed against the backdrop of the Asian values debate, which emerged in the 1990s. For a brief moment it seemed that Asian values had been consigned to the dustbin of history, but they have made their way back into political debates and discourse in the region. However, the countries of the region are not the same as in the 1990s in terms of government and governance, development and trade, society and civic culture. Accordingly, the debates are different.

About Dr. Petcharamesree

  • Dr. Petcharamesree obtained her PhD in Political Science-Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Paris X-Nanterre in 1992.
  • She is a tireless advocate for human rights and peace. Her achievements are academic, political and civic in nature.
  • She has been instrumental in building one of Asia’s leading human rights and peace institutes at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Her publications are numerous and distinguished.
  • Dr. Petcharamesree is a sought after lecturer internationally. From 2009-2012 she served as Thailand’s representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). During her tenure she contributed to the further establishment of AICHR itself as well as the drafting of the ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights (AHRD).
  • She is a key partner for the University of Oslo, and in particular within the context of the Norwegian Centre on Human Rights’ (NCHR) work on human rights research and education in Asia. Dr. Petcharamesree has managed to bridge the challenging gap between theory and practice.


Published Aug. 16, 2017 4:08 PM - Last modified Aug. 31, 2017 10:46 AM