Talking Indonesia: human rights promotion in ASEAN

While elsewhere in the world human rights have risen to political and legal prominence, Asia has been slow to develop a regional human rights mechanism and has been known for its criticism of international norms. But human rights are gradually gaining strength at the level of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a process in which Indonesia has taken a leading role.


How are human rights promoted in the ASEAN region? Why has Indonesia been supportive of the development of a regional mechanism and human rights promotion? How does this relate to its domestic human rights challenges?


In my last podcast for Talking Indonesia, I discuss these issues and more with Associate Professor Dinna Wisnu, Indonesia’s representative for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).


Talking Indonesia is a fortnightly podcast presenting extended interviews with experts on Indonesian politics, foreign policy, language, culture and more. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen to the entire Talking Indonesia podcast via Stitcher.


Photo by the Indonesian Representative to AICHR.


Dr Ken Setiawan is a Lecturer in Asian and Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute. She is also an Associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at Melbourne Law School.