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Minority Rights in South Asia

Rainer Hofmann and Ugo Caruso

This publication contains case studies on human and minority rights in the South Asian countries, including a special focus on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and articles on different forms of National Human Rights Commission and Immigration to the UK and «new minorities». It is further complemented by an in-depth study on Autonomy, Kashmir and International Law. Assembling articles authored by leading scholars from both South Asia and Europe, the book will contribute to a mutual exchange of views on human and minority rights issues in South Asia. In particular, the book is aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of current developments in South Asia and, on this basis, at enhancing a constructive dialogue between representatives of the scientific community, policy-makers and civil society in Europe and their counterparts in South Asia.
Contents: Günther Rautz: Foreword – Rainer Hofmann/Ugo Caruso: Introduction – Gulshan Sachdeva: Human and Minority Rights in Afghanistan – Jagatmani Acharya: Bhutanese Refugees: The struggle in Exile – Anton Piyarathane: Human and minority rights in Sri Lanka – Som Prasad Niroula: Human and Minority Rights in Nepal – Borhan Uddin Khan/Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman: Human and Minority Rights in Bangladesh – Thomas Benedikter: Territorial Autonomy in India – Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad: Autonomy, Kashmir and International Law – Emma Lantschner: Set-Up and Challenges of National Human Rights Commissions in India and Nepal – Ugo Caruso: Comprehensive Security in South Asia: SAARC and the Applicability of OSCE Standards – Murtaza Hassan Shaikh: Immigration to the UK from Commonwealth Countries and The Issue of «New Minorities» Defined by Religion: Between their Group Rights and Integration.