A Panel Discussion on the National Human Rights Institutions – Opportunities and Challenges in Asia
9 November 2018 4:47 pm

A Panel Discussion on the National Human Rights Institutions – Opportunities and Challenges in Asia

7:00-9:00 pm, 20 November 2018

Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand, Bangkok
Free Admission

The event will also be live-streamed on FORUM-ASIA’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FORUMASIA/


2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Paris Principles, which is a set of international standards that frame and guide the work of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI). The creation of NHRIs
undoubtedly signals a possible avenue to address human rights concerns at the national level, while the independency and effectiveness of NHRIs remain challenging in Asia.

Recognising the need to closely monitor the establishment and development of NHRIs in the region, the Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) was established in 2006 with its secretariat hosted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). ANNI works with its 33 member organisations in Asia to develop coalitions and strategy to support the establishment and strengthening of NHRIs. Annually, it has issued a report on the performance and establishment of NHRIs where ANNI has its members.

The 2018 ANNI Report focuses on the performance of NHRIs based on the Paris Principles and the 2013 General Observations developed by Global Alliance on NHRIs’ Sub-Committee on Accreditation (GANHRI-SCA), a body that reviews and accredits NHRIs in compliance with the Paris Principles. It is based on the analysis of national developments that took place in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 in its member countries. The Report includes analysis of the independence and effectiveness of NHRIs, and the level of NHRIs’ engagement with other stakeholders, such as civil society organisations and Parliaments. It also raises the challenges in countries where NHRIs are absent.

The Report will be launched on November 20, 2018 and the panelist will share the key findings of 2018 ANNI Report, the situation of NHRIs in South Asia, challenges for NHRIs to be in line with the Paris Principles given a case study of the Philippines where an NHRI has been facing reprisal, and a case study from Taiwan where an NHRI is yet to form.

Central to the analysis is an attempt to highlight the positive developments and explore ways to enhance constructive engagement between NHRIs and other stakeholders in the region.

– Sutawan Chanprasert, NHRI Programme Officer, FORUM-ASIA
– Ravi Nair, Executive Director, South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC)
– Hon. Leah Tanodra-Armamento, Commissioner, The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
– Professor Dr. Song-lih Huang, Convener, Covenants Watch

Media contacts in Bangkok:

For more information or if you want to set up an interview with any of the panelists, please contact communication@forum-asia.org

About the organisers:

  • The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is the largest membership-based human rights and development organisation in Asia with a network of 67 members in 21 countries across the region. FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect all human rights for all, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations and defenders in Asia and beyond.
  • The Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) was established in December 2006. It is a network of Asian NGOs and human rights defenders working on issues related to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs). ANNI’s Secretariat is hosted by FORUM-ASIA.