National Human Rights Institutions – Opportunities and Challenges in Asia

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

This is not an FCCT-organised event: responsibility for programme content is solely that of the event organiser.

This event is free and open to the public.


Nov 20 2018


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm