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    Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos on Monday (28 Aug) launched a bitter attack on critics of human rights policies in the developing countries and called on the developed world instead to act speedily in bringing about a new economic order or face major dislocation.

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    Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos on Monday (28 Aug) launched a bitter attack on critics of human rights policies in the developing countries and called on the developed world instead to act speedily in bringing about a new economic order or face major dislocation. Mr. Marcos was speaking at the opening in Manila of the 58th International Law Association Conference.

    SYNOPSIS: Although organisers of the conference stress they are strictly non-political, quiet criticism of the group has been expressed from some legal quarters for choosing a country under martial law for its meeting.

    The ILA under its British chairman Lord Wilberforce, is meeting in southeast Asia for the first time since it was formed in 1873.

    Attending the meeting are lawyers from both Western and communist countries as well as the Third World.

    The issue of human rights is expected to be a central topic of discussion during the weeklong conference. It was a point noted by President Marcos in his opening address to the delegates. He warned the developed world against using human rights issues as a means of establishing a new moral imperialism:
    Mr. Marcos pleaded that human rights should not be treated too narrowly to refer only to political and civil freedoms. The President also defended his six years of martial law rule. He said martial law was designed to meet a serious crisis, not to restrict liberty.

    But later, an eminent Indian lawyer Mr. Subrata Roy Chowdhury challenged countries which used their economic and social difficulties as an excuse for poor human rights performance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA278KHF0KZV0HEV8HAK1LLMU2S
    Media URN:
    VLVA278KHF0KZV0HEV8HAK1LLMU2S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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