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Asia is lagging behind other regions in the establishment of specific protection mechanism for HRDs. Despite the existence of the Asian Human Rights Charter, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the recently created Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights of the Association of South-East Asian States (ASEAN), the protection of HRDs is exclusively dependent on governments and on national human rights institutions (NHRIs).

Asian Human Rights Charter

Our common Humanity – A Peoples’ Charter