A meeting was held in the British House of Commons, attended by a group of politicians and a number of British and foreign elites, to discuss the challenges facing liberalism and democracy in the Pacific Rim countries on Wednesday the 13th of September 2017.
A meeting was under title of “The Indo-Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges for Liberal Democracies and the Future”, and chaired by MP Mark Field, British Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and guest speakers including His Excellency Koji Tsuruoka , the Ambassador of Japan to United Kingdom and HE the Hon. Alexander Downer AC High Commissioner, the Australian High Commission, where they discussed terrorism and extremism and its direct impact on liberties and liberalism in the region and the world.
The Indo-Pacific is increasingly described as the “Asian Paradox” as the region is beset by both some of the most promising trends and some of the most disturbing. On the one hand, the region has seen an explosion in economic growth, rising middle classes, and increasingly inter-connected trade networks. And yet, on the other hand, it remains marked by worrying trends in ever-increasing military spending, rising nationalism, and territorial feuds. Once thought to be the next setting for a European Union-style integration, the region still lacks region-wide institution security institutions like NATO or the European Union, having instead a spaghetti of overlapping regional blocs, military alliances, and diplomatic fora.
As the liberal international order expands to include rising powers and many non-Western powers, there is a natural rejuggling of both regional institutions and global governance, in which rising powers and status-quo powers are compelled to cooperate closely, even as they compete. As increasing amounts of the world’s economic, military, and political weight move to the region, how will states from within the region – and without – adapt to the changing order? How will liberal democracies – such as Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom – uphold rule-of-law and universal values in their foreign policymaking in the region in a way that increases positive trends and ameliorates tensions?
Among the guests there were an Ahwazi delegation that were presented by Mr. Faisal Maramazi, Executive Director of the Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights, along with Mr. Hassan Maramazi, member of the Central Committee of the Ahwazi Democratic Popular Front, presented the file regards Iranian crimes against the Ahwazi Arab people and submitted to the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Koji Tsuruoka and stressed the violation of all international laws through the policy of ethnic cleansing and deprivation of the Ahwazi Arab people that is stipulated in all charters, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The delegation also met with a number of official bodies and human rights figures present at the meeting to define the Ahwazi issue and the suffering of Ahwazi people and the crimes committed by the Iranian occupation regime that produced terrorism, instability and security and the retreat of freedoms and rights.