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Regional human rights mechanisms

Graphic: Group of people in the Philippines

Unlike Europe, Africa and the Americas, the Asia-Pacific does not have a region-wide inter-governmental system – such as treaties, courts, commissions or other institutions – to protect and promote human rights.

However, steps have been taken at a sub-regional level to strengthen human rights.

In South-East Asia, the 10-member ASEAN group officially inaugurated the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights in 2009.

In addition, Pacific Island nations are actively exploring strategies to develop human rights bodies that best meet their specific needs and circumstances.

The APF, its member institutions and other partner organisations seek to support and engage with the various human rights protection systems in place across the region.

Image credits

  1. Group of people in the Philippines - APF/Pip Dargan