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Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was started in 1986 by a group of jurists and human rights activists in Asia. AHRC is a NGO that promotes awareness of human rights in the Asian countries as well as creates worldwide awareness of human rights violations so that they can mobilise action and relief for victims of human rights violations. AHRC upholds civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The main purpose of the AHRC is stated in their 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".

The AHRC seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Defend and promote human rights by evaluating, investigating, supporting, and taking legal actions.
  • Work towards the social inclusion of discriminated groups of people such as women, children and minorities including Dalits.
  • Use modern communications techniques to create a large efficient information system to ensure swift and appropriate action against human rights violations
  • Create awareness and education about human rights and especially promote the folk school approach;
  • Promote countries to undertake legal, judicial and administrative changes that safeguard the rights of people
  • Create support of victims and engage their stories and their lives in movements to support human rights hence giving purpose to the fight against violations
  • Mediate disputes between countries or parties through peacemaking and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Develop culturally relevant programmes for promotion of human rights
  • Encourage countries to ratify the UN conventions and modify their laws an system to meet the international commitments as well as help create national human rights commissions
  • Support the work of the United Nations, and help people access the programs and agencies to protect their own human rights
  • Aim to develop regional human rights mechanisms that involve people and promote the values of the Asian Human Rights Charter

Allegations of human rights violations can be brought to the AHRC's attention by an individual or organisation. The AHRC will conduct the necessary investigations. AHRC also undertakes preventive work that ensures that countries are prepared to deal with all administrative, legal and judicial matters to avoid human rights violations. The Urgent Appeal Programmes of the AHRC is a network of communications designed to put pressure on governments by creating an aware and active citizenry. The commission runs a number of programmes that do with poverty eradication and human rights training. The commission also runs country specific programmes.


Asian Human Rights Commission
19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building,
998 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Tel: 852-2698 6339
Fax: 852-2698 6367

For more information visit the AHRC website