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Afterword: Asian Constitutionalism In The Twenty-First Century

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The twentieth century saw the most barbaric of wars, but also the beginning of a revolution in thinking about constitutions and human rights law. This continuing revolution emerged in West out of horror at war and outrage at widespread inhumane treatment of individual by laws and governments, and a tradition of constitutional reflection. Three factors in the background of constitutional discourse in Asia and elsewhere deserve special attention: 1) governmental transparency and freedom of information flow regarding climate change and other effects of environmental pollution as a likely condition for human survival; 2) a world haunted by presence of a number of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction that is excessive in light of national security needs, a threat to human civilization; and 3) deeply institutionalized ignorance and intolerance of foundational beliefs different from one's own on part of governmental and other cultural elites, sometimes linked with ethnic bias.

Keywords: Asian constitutionalism; climate change; environmental pollution; human rights law; human survival; inhumane treatment; nuclear weapons



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