Journal article

The Vernacularization of Human Rights Discourse in Myanmar: Rejection, Hybridization and Strategic Avoidance

Amy Doffegnies, Tamas Wells

Journal of Contemporary Asia | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


Violence against Muslim minority communities in Myanmar has brought the issue of human rights to international and domestic attention. Burmese democratic leaders, activists and Buddhist monks have attracted sharp international criticism for their seemingly neglectful responses to widespread human rights violations. Yet little attention has been directed towards understanding how these leaders make sense of “human rights.” This article argues that the shift in international attention from the problem of military authoritarianism to the marginalisation of religious minorities precipitated new ways in which human rights has been given meaning by Burmese Buddhist political and religious leaders...

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