The impact of Asia's economic crisis on human rights and democratisation. Statement by Rory Mungoven, Program Director, Asia-Pacific Region, at the ASEM People's Forum, 31 March 1998
Rory Mungoven talks about how the economic crisis in East and Southeast Asia is likely to impact on human rights. The poor and vulnerable groups which existed before the crash will find their situation worsened. Refugees and economic migrants will be at risk of ill-treatment, as will some foreign nationals. Political unrest and social dissent resulting from the crisis is likely to meet with a heavy response from the state and the use of the death penalty is aleady increasing in the region. Trade unions will also be at risk from the security forces.