National Human Rights Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region

National Human Rights Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region

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Burdekin (Melbourne U. Law School, Australia) analyzes the legislative mandates and operational aspects of current national human rights institutions established in the Asia-Pacific region, assessing them against the United Nations Principles relating the status of National Institutions (the 1991 Paris Principles) at a minimum. Following an introduction and overview, his chapters address mandates powers and functions; independence, accessibility, resources, and other essential characteristics; relations with government institutions; cooperation with international treaty bodies, the UN Commission on Human Rights, and other charter-based mechanisms; regional cooperation; and challenges of protecting economic, social, and cultural rights and operating in situations of armed conflict. Some 400 pages of the volume contain relevant legislation from Australia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as other documentary materials. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The purpose of this book is to provide a consolidated collection of materials to facilitate comparison of the various national human rights institutions (NHRIs) already established in the Asia-Pacific region, against a background of selected international materials and with the assistance of several comparative tables. The latter are not intended to be exhaustive, but are designed to assist in identifying and considering the strengths and weaknesses inherent in the legislative mandates of each national institution. While the collection is primarily intended for teaching purposes, it should also be useful to countries considering establishing a national human rights commission or, for those which have already done so, strengthening its mandate. For this reason several sections have been included outlining the relationship which should exist between NHRIs, the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary and other related institutions and a short section on the importance of the process which should precede their establishment.

Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 9789047410744
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 555 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Naum, Jason


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