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Asian Human Rights Defender (Vol. 6 No. 1, June 2010)

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A Regional Human Rights Mechanism for South Asia

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Main Feature:  A regional human rights mechanism for South Asia

  • Establishing a Robust Regional Human Rights Mechanism
  • Kathmandu Declaration
  • SAARC and Human Rights
  • People’s SAARC: Enhancing inter-people linkages towards alternative regionalization
  • Cooperation needed to challenge regional impunity


Country Focus

  • Lingering issues besetting democracy in Pakistan
  • Thailand: Both sides must restrain from violence immediately
  • Violence will not solve Thailand’s crisis
  • A new hope for human rights in Japan?


ASEAN and Human Rights

  • Assessing AICHR’s potential to protect Human Rights Defenders
  • AICHR: Effective Rules of  Procedures eeded to deal with violations
  • Civil Society Proposal for the AICHR Rules of  Procedure



  • Emerging regional human rights infrastructure welcomed
  • NGOs raise regional priorities on human rights
  • The need is for protection not regulation
  • Sri Lanka: Violations by all parties need redress
  • Domestic laws contradict international uman rights standards
  • Burma: International pressure must remain to addresshuman rights violations
  • Cambodia Government must act beyond ‘acceptance’ of  UPR recommendations



  • Nepal activist wins 2010 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights
  • Human rights defender from India to receive human rights prize
  • Sri Lanka woman among 2010 International Women of  Courage awardees
  • 2010 Gwangju Asia Forum