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Asian human rights standards and mechanisms

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Title: ASEAN Charter on Wikipedia
Description/subject: * 1 The Charter * 2 Enactment * 3 Launch * 4 References * 5 External links
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 February 2009

Individual Documents

Title: Terms of Reference of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
Date of publication: 29 October 2009
Description/subject: "Pursuant to Article 14 of the ASEAN Charter, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) shall operate in accordance with the following Terms of Reference (TOR):..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ASEAN Secretariat
Format/size: pdf (34K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2010

Title: The Asean Charter: A Human Rights Whitewash?
Date of publication: February 2009
Description/subject: "The new Asean charter will do little to improve the regional grouping’s human rights reputation as long as Burma continues to dictate the agenda..."
Author/creator: Neil Lawrence
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 February 2009

Date of publication: 2009
Description/subject: Several refernces to human rights, e.g."...ASEAN’s cooperation in political development aims to strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, with due regard to the rights and responsibilities of the Member States of ASEAN, so as to ultimately create a Rules-based Community of shared values and norms. In the shaping and sharing of norms, ASEAN aims to achieve a standard of common adherence to norms of good conduct among 2 ASEAN POLITICAL-SECURITY COMMUNITY BLUEPRINT i. ii. iii. i. member states of the ASEAN Community; consolidating and strengthening ASEAN’s solidarity, cohesiveness and harmony; and contributing to the building of a peaceful, democratic, tolerant, participatory and transparent community in Southeast Asia..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ASEAN Secretariat
Format/size: pdf (198K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2010

Title: ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint
Date of publication: 2009
Description/subject: Several references to human rights..."...The ASCC is characterised by a culture of regional resilience, adherence to agreed principles, spirit of cooperation, collective responsibility, to promote human and social development, respect for fundamental freedoms, gender equality, the promotion and protection of human rights and the promotion of social justice..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ASEAN Secretariat
Format/size: pdf (272K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2010

Title: The ASEAN Charter
Date of publication: December 2008
Description/subject: This document, ratified by all ASEAN members, has language on respect for human rights standards and a future ASEAN human rights body. It entered into force in December 2008
Language: English
Source/publisher: ASEAN Secretariat
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.aseansec.org/21069.pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 November 2010

Title: Asian Human Rights Charter (English) 2
Date of publication: 17 May 1998
Description/subject: "The Asian Human Rights People's Charter, Our Common Humanity, launched by NGOs in Kwangju, South Korea on 17 May reflects the growing strength and determination of the human rights movement in the Asia-Pacific region and the contribution it can make to the international debate on human rights. This initiative is especially appropriate during the 50th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The People's Charter affirms the universality of all human rights -- a principle often attacked by governments in the region, both rhetorically and in law and practice. Drawing upon a broad spectrum of civil society across the region, it shows that human rights, far from being an alien or foreign concept, are the legitimate aspiration and demand of people throughout Asia and the Pacific. It shows how these universal principles can be articulated powerfully from an Asian cultural, religious and philosophical perspective. The People's Charter is also an important expression of the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, a reminder that the process of development is about the realisation of all human rights and that one set of rights -- economic, social, cultural, civil or political -- cannot be enjoyed at the expense or in the absence of another. This message is particularly relevant at this time of economic crisis in the region, as some countries face the human rights and social fallout of decades of political repression and unsustainable economic development. Amnesty International welcomes the Charter's emphasis on legal and institutional protection of human rights, starting with the ratification of international human rights instruments and their full implementation in law and practice. It recognises the critical role the judiciary, legal profession and national human rights institutions can play in the protection and promotion of human rights. Amnesty International believes, however, that some aspects of the Charter need to be strengthened -- in particular, it should include an unreserved call for abolition of the death penalty. The People's Charter calls for the adoption by governments of a regional convention on human rights. While such a regional convention might be a positive development over the longer term, Amnesty International believes the overwhelming and immediate priority is broader ratification and implementation of existing international standards by governments in the Asia-Pacific region. Widespread adherence to international standards, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, should serve as the foundation stone for any future regional human rights mechanism." - Amnesty International..... http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/books/asian-human-rights-charter/?searchterm=asian%20human%20rights%20charter
Language: English (available also in Chinese, Thai, Sinhala & Urdu from the AHRC site)
Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission
Format/size: html, pdf (898K-reduced version-en; 1.2MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/books/asian-human-rights-charter/?searchterm=asian%20human%20...
Date of entry/update: 20 November 2015