Focus and Scope

The Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights (JSEAHR) is an academic journal jointly organized and operated by the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Migration (CHRM2) based out of the University of Jember and the Indonesian Consortium for Human Rights Lecturers (SEPAHAM).

The Journal (JSEAHR) serves as an interdisciplinary arena for the academic discussion and analysis on human rights issues in Southeast Asia and beyond. 

A manuscript with a combination of doctrinal and empirical approach will be preferable. However, the journal will still consider the manuscript with a descriptive approach for publication as long as it provides cases and contextual discussion rather than historical. 

The main objective of the journal is not to provide a forum of articles that explicitly endorse a specific character of human rights, such as universalism and relativism of human rights in the theoretical framework, but it is more to provide an inter-dialogue forum for scholars concerning issues of human rights in Southeast Asia and beyond. The Journal also does not explicitly advocate the standards of human rights in international instruments nor is heavily dependent on the cultural relativity in Southeast Asia and beyond. The Journal's purpose is more to examine the interdisciplinary trajectory between the two and how this intersection affects human rights fulfillment in the region.

The objective of this Journal comes from the historical perspective on "Asian Values" and their current impact on human rights realities in Southeast Asia.  Thus, the scope of this journal covers interdisciplinary studies on the issue of human rights in Southeast Asia and beyond. 

JSEAHR is primarily focused on issues related to labor and migrant rights, political rights, religious freedom, health care, minority rights, land rights, indigenous rights, social rights, cultural rights, educational rights, and various additional human rights issues in the region. 

JSEAHR welcomes the submission of articles on a wide range of topics, assuming the academic work pertains to human rights in Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and beyond. In the first year of its publication, the journal focused on the issue of human rights in only Southeast Asia but then expanded its focus to beyond to ensure that JSEAHR responds to a wide array of contemporary human rights issues that occur in this hemisphere.

In the hope that this journal eventually serves as a platform for discussion and debate, a plurality of opinions and perspectives are also welcomed. For more information about JSEAHR's focus and scope, please feel free to send any inquiries to the email provided on the contact page.

In keeping with its commitment to distribute and disseminate information regarding human rights to as broad an audience as possible, JSEAHR allows free and open access to all of its published works.