Integrating Human Rights into the Curriculum: Case Studies from Asia

Session Participants
Session One: Defining Human Rights

Presentator: Geoffrey Robinson

Core Readings

Voices from Asia

  • Chat Piersath, "A Letter to My Mother," in Dith Pran and Kim DePaul, eds. Children of the Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors. Yale University Press, 1997, pp. 6-9.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, "The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech," in Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom From Fear and Other Writings, Penguin, pp. 235-238.
  • Bishop Belo, "The Search for Human Rights," Asiaweek (August 20-27, 1999).
  • Pramoedya Ananta Toer, "I Can Only Oppose With Words" and "Letter to My Daughter," in Index on Censorship, May 1997.
  • Amartya Sen, "Human Rights and Asian Values: What Lee Kwan Yew and Li Peng Don't Understand About Asia," in The New Republic, July 14, 1997, pp. 33-40.

The U.S. connection

  • "What One American President Thought About Civilian Casualties," Santa Barbara Independent. March 20, 2003.
  • "CIA links to Indonesian massacres revealed," Guardian Weekly (August 2-8, 2001).
  • Jonathan Turley, "Naked Power, Arbitrary Rule," Los Angeles Times. July 21, 2003.
  • Lisa Girion, "California Law to Govern Unocal Human Rights Case, Judge Rules," Los Angeles Times, Augsut 1, 2003.

Overview and issues

  • Burns H. Weston, "Human Rights," in Richard Pierre Claude and Burns H. Weston, eds. Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989, pp. 12-29.
  • Geoffrey Robertson, "Introduction," in Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice. New York: The New Press, 2002, pp. xxi-xxxiv.
  • Robert F. Drinan, "A Global Revolution for Children," in The Mobilization of Shame: A World View of Human Rights. Yale University Press, 2001, pp. 45-50.
  • Frank Bruni, "Doctor in Italy Tries to Ease Pain of an African Tradition," NY Times, February 1, 2004.
Session Two: Bearing Witness in the Field

Presentator: Lorna Chiu, Doctors Without Borders

Session Three: An Overview of Modern-day Slavery: Trends & Responses to the Trafficking of Women and Girls

Presentator: Namju Cho

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Session Four: Universal Standards, Asian Prisons

Presentator: Saman Zia-Zarifi

Core Readings

Additional Resources

Session Five: East Timor Case Study

Presentator: Geoffrey Robinson

Core Readings

  • Geoffrey Robinson, "If You Leave Us, We Will Die," Dissent (Winter 2002), pp. 87-99.
  • Amnesty International, "As Violence Descended: Testimonies From East Timorese Refugees." London, October 1999.
  • National Security Archive, "East Timor Revisited: Ford, Kissinger and the Indonesian Invasion, 1975-76." Available at NSA website:
Session Six: LA Students in Action

Presentator: Mark Elinson

Session Seven: Deconstructing the Asian Mystique: From Orientalism to Sexual Slavery in the Media and Society

Presentator: Anne Parris and Todd Jennings

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Published: Monday, August 16, 2004