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Regional and National Arrangements

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The unsound treatment of natural resources, injury to human health and safety through unsafe industrial practices and technology, child labour and poor treatment of workers, and disregard of holistic approaches to human, social and sustainable development are among the realities reported from South Asia. The abundance of labour, including skilled labour especially in information technology, at comparatively cheaper costs than in developed countries, has made India the primary service provider of outsourcing, while Pakistan is also a major provider. Public interest litigation evolved as a popular tool in the South Asian region since the mid-1980s. The sound of silence pervades the intergovernmental scene of human rights frameworks in the continent of Asia, where there is no regional charter on the subject. Regional and national arrangements tend to replicate the international tendency to fail to focus adequately on problems of underdevelopment in developing countries and the promotion of development.

Keywords: human rights; India; national arrangement; public interest litigation; regional arrangement; South Asia



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