The Asian Human Rights Commission
(AHRC) is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights
in the Asian region, and to mobilise Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations. It was founded in 1986 by a prominent group of jurists and human rights activists in Asia
and serves to promote civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.
AHRC endeavours to achieve the following objectives stated in the Asian Charter "Many Asian states have guarantees of human rights in their constitutions, and many of them have ratified international instruments on human rights. However, there continues to be a wide gap between rights enshrined in these documents and the abject reality that denies people their rights. Asian states must take urgent action to implement the human rights of their citizens and residents."
Its sister organization, the Asian Legal Resource Centre
(ALRC) holds General Consultative Status
with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC). The AHRC and ALRC are both based in Hong Kong
AHRC and Human Rights Issues in Asia
On the eve of the International Day of the Disappeared
, AHRC ranked the Philippines
among the top eight countries in Asia
where forced disappearances
are not just rampant but are carried out with impunity. Sri Lanka
heads the list (statement posted on its website... Read More