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PacNet #19A – A New Spirit of Bandung?

Fifty years ago, in April 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia, the country’s then-president Sukarno hosted a meeting that became a global icon of anti-colonial solidarity.The 29 African and Asian states represented at that first Bandung Conference swore their support for sovereignty and self-determination.Their priority was on national not individual freedom. The final declaration mentioned human rights. But it ignored the danger that foreign colonialists might be replaced with indigenous dictators. Democracy, corruption, and good governance were issues for the future.