Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

ASEAN and Human Rights Informational Video Released

To wrap up its Nationwide University Road Show, the Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism produced an informational video entitled, “ASEAN and Human Rights”, which was distributed to its partner universities (60 in all) and to its other networks across the country.

The informational video runs for approximately 23 minutes with three main topics: an introduction to ASEAN, an introduction to Human Rights and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines. The content was culled from the materials and presentations used during the eight-month University Road Show which also discussed the three topics.

This project was pursued in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and with the support of the British Embassy–Manila, the Delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines, Southeast Asia Regional Cooperation in Human Development or SEARCH (a project of the Canadian International Development Agency), and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation fur die Freiheit.

For more information on this and to get a copy of the informational video, email the Working Group Secretariat at


Towards an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (1999)

This is a compilation of proposals, declarations and other documents relevant to the initiative for the establishment of an ASEAN human rights mechanism.

National Human Rights Institutions in the Asia-Pacific: A Source Book (2001)

In recognition of the role of national human rights institutions in the process of establishing a regional human rights mechanism, this source book – a compilation of the salient features of the national human rights institutions of Australia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand and their governing laws –, was published. This publication aims to raise the awareness of governments, NGOs, academicians and the general public as to the value of these institutions in promoting and protecting human rights and will contribute to the efforts towards the establishment of a regional human rights system in the Asia-Pacific region.
ASEAN and Human Rights (2003)

ASEAN and Human Rights is a modest attempt to address a persistent question: “To what extent is ASEAN supportive of human rights?” The question often crops up in the course of advocacy efforts of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism to engage ASEAN governments and peoples on the initiative to establish an appropriate regional mechanism on human rights.
Towards an ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (2008)

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