Human rights commissions and religious conflict in the asia-pacific region
Source TitleInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
University of Melbourne Author/sEvans, Carolyn
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsEvans, C. (2004). Human rights commissions and religious conflict in the asia-pacific region. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 53 (3), pp.713-729. https://doi.org/10.1093/iclq/53.3.713.
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The last decade has seen the rise of a potentially significant development in the Asia-Pacific region in regard to human rights—the establishment of National Human Rights Institutions (particularly Human Rights Commissions) in numerous States.2National Human Rights Commissions (hereafter NHRC) established in compliance with United Nations standards have been established in Australia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.3In many of these States, however, human rights abuses are still widespread and serious. The establishment of NHRC, which generally do not have the power to make enforceable decisions, could easily be derided as an attempt by governments to create a fac.ade of respect for human rights while failing to take the enforcement of those rights seriously.4While this criticism has a degree of validity, NHRC have played a constructive, if limited role, in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.
KeywordsHuman Rights ; International Relations not elsewhere classified
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