This international symposium explores the relationship between minority rights claims and citizenship in Asia. It considers important questions about the rights and responsibilities that the status of ‘citizen’ confers to Asia’s ethnic minorities, and the extent to which minorities become ‘subjects’ when their civil and political rights may be implied but are subverted, or lack the legal certainty that citizens tend to experience. How are ethnic minorities in Asia transformed from subjects into citizens? Under what conditions are ethnic minority rights claims to citizenship justifiable? What are the duties and obligations of states to accommodate their ethnic minorities as citizens? How have the post-colonial ideologies of multiethnic Asian states, which were often constructed as political entities along arbitrary colonial borders, influenced their conferral of citizenship to ethnic minorities? And, how have the philosophies that Asian states and their ethnic minorities attach to citizenship changed over time, and in their interactions with each other?
Promoting a multidisciplinary approach, the symposium combines conceptual debates about citizenship with case studies of ethnic minorities from across the Asian region. It considers the nature of citizenship in the broader sense of identity, belonging, and the individual and collective rights and responsibilities of ethnic minorities vis-à-vis Asian states. Themes of the symposium include citizenship, constructions of national identity, separatism, conflict management, government decision-making processes, democratization, autonomy/ decentralization, public sector reform, civil and political rights, post-colonialism, regional security and political and legislative development.
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