Asian Regionalism and Human Rights

The Case of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

Authored by: Anthony J. Langlois

Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415580540
eBook ISBN: 9780203803608
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634734


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Asia has long been the only region without an institutionalized human rights framework. 1 Yet it is difficult to envisage the form that a human rights mechanism might take for the whole of such a heterogeneous region. For a subregion such as that already institutionalized by ASEAN, however, the latent possibility for such a mechanism has been the focus of human rights proponents for several decades – a focus that has very recently, in 2009, resulted in an ASEAN human rights body (AHRB): the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (the AICHR).

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