Domestic politics, regional integration, and human rights: interactions among Myanmar, ASEAN, and EU

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This paper tries to explain the evolving relations between the recent domestic political changes in Myanmar and the role of regional integration as they affect human rights in Myanmar. I posit that the two most important causes of the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar are the survival of the authoritarian regime and ethnic-religious conflicts. Those causes differ in nature and their political interactions with the ASEAN regional integration. This paper first examines the relationship between authoritarian regime survival and the humanitarian crisis/efforts during the 2008 natural disaster of cyclone Nargis and the resultant flooding. Second, I investigate the political dynamics of the human rights violations of ethnic and religious minorities, especially the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Rakhine State, during Myanmar’s recent democratic transition. This study approaches the aforementioned questions from both the EU and ASEAN perspectives and also deals with these two regional organizations’ interactions regarding Myanmar’s human rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-434
Number of pages18
JournalAsia Europe Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea by the Korean Government (MOE). (NRF-2007-361-AL0014).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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