Asia Centre’s human rights programme explores how national and regional human rights mechanisms link up with international human rights mechanisms. This programme focuses on three core mechanisms: the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Southeast Asia, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs). The Centre undertakes evidence-based research and policy analysis on these mechanisms, which hold the potential to enhance human rights protection in the region.
The human rights programme aims to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders, especially civil society organizations, to advance the protection of human rights in Southeast Asia. It also aims to foster networks of stakeholders on each of the mechanisms and to nurture them over time.
The Centre undertakes evidence-based research, convenes expert conferences, conducts capacity building trainings and produces publications in the area of human rights through its partnership with a regional publisher, Gerakbudaya of Malaysia.
The Centre will also bring together the different stakeholders regularly in innovative engagement settings to foster constructive dialogue and exchange best practices.