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Challenges and Strategies

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The greatest challenge for NHRIs is to contribute to creating a culture of human rights – of tolerance, non-discrimination and respect for individual difference. This certainly requires a capacity to handle individual complaints of violations and provide redress where rights are violated. But beyond remedial action it necessitates strategies which are positive, proactive and preventive. This challenge relates to all human rights – but in the Asia-Pacific region it is perhaps most problematic in the area of economic, social and cultural rights. Widespread poverty, inequality and disparate legal systems, which have all, in different ways, contributed to entrenching systemic discrimination, constitute major hurdles. Continuing conflicts in several countries in the region also present formidable problems.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific region; cultural rights; economic rights; NHRIs; social rights



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