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Human Rights Monitoring In The Asia-Pacific Region

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In the Asia-Pacific region, as elsewhere, the national framework for the promotion and protection of human rights, and related monitoring, interrelate most directly with the lives of the population in each country. The more formal machinery or mechanisms include the national courts system, national human rights commissions and/or ombudspersons. The non-formal actors which offer human rights monitoring include members of civil society, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), media and concerned individuals. In the Asia-Pacific region where there is no inter-governmental human rights protection system apart from some nascent sub-regional initiatives, the OHCHR presence and the totality of the UN family have a key role to play as a complementary system for the promotion and protection of human rightsgiven each agencys added value. It should be seen as complementary to the need to build such national and regional/sub-regional systems for the comprehensive monitoring and protection of human rights for all.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific region; human rights monitoring; inter-governmental human rights protection system; OHCHR; regional/sub-regional systems



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