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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MARCOS: " Human rights cannot be utilised as a vehicle for a new moral imperialism, and especially when developed countries continue to ignore the demand for more equitable distribution of resources world wide and for increasing development assistance to the third world."
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Background: 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.