Special Concerns

HURIGHTS OSAKA has observed over the years a number of significant concerns regarding the human rights field in the Asia-Pacific. These concerns range from the so-called “human rights defenders,” to human rights mechanisms in various forms and levels, to culture and human rights, and to the international initiatives that relate to the region.

These concerns largely refer to human rights work – the activities on, and systems for, the protection, promotion and realization of human rights.

These concerns are also “ongoing” issues in the region specifically the unceasing discussion on culture and human rights, the increasing attention to human rights defenders, the growing number of national human rights institutions, and the evolving situation on subregional human rights mechanism.

Some of the concerns relate to the United Nations initiatives that were previously actively pursued in the region including the annual inter-governmental “workshop” on regional cooperation on human rights and the anti-racism conference.

There is still much work to do in making the systems and institutions devoted to human rights function effectively, particularly in meeting the expectation of the public. Human rights workers/defenders (volunteer legal professionals, staff of non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions, community members and other people engaged in human rights work) face an ending stream of human rights issues that affect the communities they serve. In some cases they suffer as victims of human rights violations.

There is ground for thinking that these concerns will remain significant components of the human rights situation in the region in the years to come.


Human rights work

 

Human rights defenders

 Overview

Specific reports


Culture and human rights

Overview


Specific reports


National Mechanisms

Overview

 

Specific reports


Laws of National Human Rights Institutions

 

Legal Aid

Overview


Specific reports

 

Human rights centers

Overview

 

Specific reports

 

Human rights museums

 Specific reports


Subregional mechanisms

Overview

 

ASEAN human rights mechanism

Overview

Specific reports

 

Asia-Pacific Forum on National Human Rights Institutions

 

UN Workshops in Asia-Pacific

 Overview

 

Specific reports


International Criminal Court (ICC)

 

World Conference Against Racism (WCAR)

Specific reports


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