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[Event] Report Launch: 2020 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia

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Date: Thursday, 9 December 2021

Time: 1.00 – 3.00 PM (GMT+7)


Live via: Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter


The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) is pleased to launch the 2020 Report on the Performance of National Human Rights Institutions, a report that critically assesses the performance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in 2020 against the Paris Principles, which are the minimum international standards for ensuring independent, effective, and credible NHRIs for the promotion and protection of human rights.

NHRIs play an important role in helping States meet their human rights obligations under international law. However, the ANNI report highlights that in 2020, most NHRIs were unable to perform their mandates effectively. Their independence had been compromised due to the repressive laws and governments have often excluded NHRIs when developing COVID-19 responses.

The human rights situation in 11 Asian countries covered in the report has continued to deteriorate due to the pandemic. Civic space has continued to shrink, and human rights defenders have persisted to work in precarious conditions, and with minimal protection.

Join the discussion on NHRI-related advocacy during the pandemic, lessons learned, setbacks, and good practices from NHRIs in Asia.


  • Dr Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Law and Society Trust (Sri Lanka)
  • Kenneth Cheng, SUARAM (Malaysia)
  • Thanarat Deejantuek, People’s Empowerment Foundation (Thailand)
  • Hyun-Phil Na, KHIS (Korea)
  • Ahmad Taufan Damanik, Chairperson, Komnas HAM (Indonesia)

Moderator: Shomira Sanyal, FORUM-ASIA NHRI Programm Associate