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Human Rights Commissions and Religious Conflict in the Asia-Pacific Region

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Religious conflict is an intractable and serious problem in many parts of the Asia-Pacific region. One such approach that is becoming more popular in the Asia-Pacific region is the development of National Human Rights Institutions in numerous States. This chapter introduces the internationally recognized standards to which National Human Rights Commissions (NHRC) should adhere and looks at the ways in which those standards have been adopted by NHRC in the Asia-Pacific region. It describes the way in which two Asian NHRC have dealt with the complex human rights problems that arise from ethno-religious conflict. Conflict fuelled by religious violence has been a significant cause of human rights abuses in the region. Religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities can be a sensitive and politically charged issue in many Asia-Pacific States. Finally, the chapter assesses the place of NHRC in strengthening human rights protection in the Asia-Pacific region.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific region; National Human Rights Commissions (NHRC); National Human Rights Institutions; religious conflict



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