Development of Regional Human Rights Regime in Asia: Defining the Challenges

Saber Ahmed Chowdhury(1), Md. Zarif Rahman(2*)

(1) Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
(2) Research Assistant, Institute of Informatics and Development (IID), Bangladesh
(*) Corresponding Author


This study analyses the progress made toward establishing a cohesive regional human rights framework in Asia while identifying key obstacles that hinder its evolution. It also explores the intricate nature of constructing a unified structure for human rights in the region through a comprehensive examination of historical, cultural, political, and economic elements. The examination of current mechanisms such as the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Asian Human Rights Declaration highlights both the constraints and potential avenues for advancement. The study posits that a collaborative approach, involving regional organizations, civil society, and international collaboration, is crucial despite historical legacies, cultural differences, and economic paradoxes. The significance of addressing these challenges is highlighted by the potential advantages of establishing a unified human rights regime, which encompasses regional stability and the safeguarding of individual rights. The imperative of promoting a transformative human rights framework in Asia necessitates the maintenance of an inclusive dialogue among stakeholders moving forward.


Regionalism, Regional human rights regime, Asia, ASEAN, Asian Values

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