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Mandates Powers and Functions

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Most, but not all, of the NHRIs in the Asia-Pacific region have a mandate which incorporates by specific reference some or all of the major international human rights instruments. One particularly important advantage of national institutions having a mandate based on international human rights instruments is that it addresses the problem of many human rights violations falling through gaps in domestic legal categories. National institutions’ functions can broadly, but not precisely, be divided into six categories: (1) Research and advice; (2) Education and promotion; (3) Monitoring; (4) Investigating, conciliating and providing remedies; (5) Cooperating with other national and international organizations; and (6) Interacting with the Judiciary. The purpose of Tables A-H presented in this chapter is to provide an overview of the mandates, powers, functions and composition of the 12 NHRIs in the Asia-Pacific region which currently meet the criteria prescribed in the Paris Principles.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific region; functions; human rights; mandates; Paris Principles; powers



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