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The new ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights : toothless tiger or tentative first step?

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Title: The new ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights : toothless tiger or tentative first step?
Authors: Kelsall, Michelle Staggs
LC Subject Headings: Human rights - ASEAN countries
Human rights - Southeast Asia
Issue Date: Sep 2009
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 90
Abstract: In late 2008 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to creating a human rights body, which emerged as the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (ICHR), the terms of reference (TOR) for which have since been adopted. Although the TOR for the commission currently outlines a primarily advisory rather than an enforcement role, the very existence of the ICHR has the potential to act as a trigger to further discussion on human rights issues in member states and open avenues for further action. To take maximum advantage of this opportunity to further the human rights agenda in ASEAN member states, it is essential that critical early decisions are made carefully so as to leave the most latitude for future action. While some observers are concerned that the ICHR lacks teeth, the fact that all ten ASEAN governments have agreed to implement a human rights commission is remarkable and is an essential first step toward ASEAN's stated goal of respecting and protecting human rights.
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Pages/Duration: 8 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/12873
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