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National Human Rights Institutions

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Regional human rights arrangements have been set up in all parts of the world, except in the Asia-Pacific region. These encompass: courts, commissions and related institutions to monitor human rights protection at the regional level. The World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 reaffirmed the importance of national human rights institutions (NHRIs), and there are now over 50 which comply with the Paris Principlesat least in terms of their legislative mandate. The Principles also require that NHRIs perform a wide variety of functions in promoting and protecting human rights. NHRIs are playing an increasingly active and important role in assisting the international treaty bodies mandated to monitor the most important human rights instrumentsboth by providing them with information and by following up their recommendations. NHRIs which protect the rights of minorities have now been recognised as an important element in contributing to national stability and security.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific region; international treaty bodies; national human rights institutions (NHRIs); Paris principles



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