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National human rights institutions (NHRIs) are playing an increasingly active and important role in assisting the international Treaty Bodies mandated to monitor the most important human rights instruments both by providing them with information and by following up their recommendations. The role of NHRIs in developing appropriate international norms is increasingly being recognised and they are currently playing a significant part in the development of a new international instrument to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities. NHRIs have also demonstrated the capacity to develop innovative and effective new strategies for promoting and protecting human rights most notably the technique of conducting national inquiries.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific region; international Treaty Bodies; National human rights institutions (NHRIs); Paris Principles



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