If we have a look at the developing countries like India and China from the region, the problem of human rights were really very severe some time back, but, with the influence of education and westernization of these huge economies, some of the problems have really been resolved. If we have a look at some other nations like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, etc. the problem is still very acute in these countries. We will take some of the key points that are cardinal to principle of human rights.
Manufacturing sector in most of the countries in Asia has always been accused of inhuman practices in the field. People have blamed that the labors in these nations have to work more than 12 hours a day and seven days a week for wages not even good to earn two meals a day for them, leave alone their families. Government has been a total failure in implementing the minimum wages in most of the Asian countries. Because of the excess population, the supply of man power in countries like India and China is much more than its demand and the low skilled workers therefore have to survive for their entire life in utmost penury and destitution. No wonder that South India reports highest number of suicide cases in the entire world, as per the report by the British Journal 'Lancet' in 2004. The total number of suicide cases reported in 2002, just in India was a massive figure of 154,000. To add to this, Child labor, although is punishable in most of the countries in Asia, including India and China, but it is not hard to find them working in industries, hotels, resorts and recreational centers. Such labors are available at a very cheap rate and work for extra hours. Child labor, while working, does not go for any education and all such uneducated children in turn produce a score of babies who also remain uneducated after starting to work at an early age. This number therefore keeps on growing exponentially and is therefore a grave problem for the government of these developing economies of China and India.
In Asian countries innocent victims of terrorism suffer an attack on their most basic right to live in peace and security. Another area that demands attention is the abuse of child rights. The situation of child labor in India is an alarming one about 20 million child laborers in India is working in unorganized sector in miserable condition and unhealthy environment. Child rape and child prostitution is another dimension of human rights violation.
Right to equality:
Right to equality is one more thing that hardly exists in most of the countries in Asia. There is distinction on the basis of everything including gender, caste, color, race, religion, ethnicity etc. An acute discrimination is faced by the female in most of the countries of Asia especially Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia. This mainly can be attributed to the lack of education and some of the orthodox principles of the religion that is followed in these countries. The problem faced by a girl child in these countries will be touched in the section Gender inequality in detail.
Untouchability stands abolished officially, but it exists