Unity in Connectivity?

Evolving Human Rights Mechanisms in the ASEAN Region


In Unity in Connectivity? Evolving Human Rights Mechanisms in the ASEAN Region, Vitit Muntarbhorn discusses developments concerning the growth of human rights institutions and processes in the regional space known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Several countries have now set up national human rights commissions.

At the regional level, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights was established recently. This is complemented by a sectoral body dealing with women’s and children’s rights, and another body dealing with migrant workers. Vitit Muntarbhorn analyses these developments from the angle of key challenges facing the region, the need for more checks and balances, and prospects for more effective protection of human rights.

This publication has been facilitated by the Ateneo Human Rights Centre of Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines.

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Vitit Muntarbhorn (M.A.; B.C.L (Oxon.); Licence speciale en droit europeen (Brussels); Barrister) is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He has helped the United Nations in a variety of positions, including as Special Rapporteur.
Chapter 1 The Context: Human Rights in the ASEAN Region
Chapter 2 The Setting: Initiatives at the National Level
A. Countries
i.The Philippines
B. Other Institutions and Processes
C. Stakeholders/Actors
D. Promotion and Protection ?
Chapter 3 Developing Regional Mechanisms: Process and Progress
A. Background
B. Initial Developments in ASEAN
C. Human Rights Activities and Community-Building
D. ASEAN Charter
E. Drafting the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the ASEAN human rights mechanism
F. The TOR of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
G. The Other Mechanisms: on Women/Children and on Migrant Workers
H. Role of Civil Society
I. Observations
Chapter 4 Concerns and Challenges
A. Conceptualization and/or Implementation ?
B. Promotion and/or Protection ?
C. International Law and/or National Law ?
D. Non-interference and/or International Jurisdiction ?
E. Institution-building and/or Popularized Process ?
Chapter 5 ASEAN Inter-Connection
A. Effective Mechanisms: National and Regional
B. Dispute Settlement and Settlement
C. An ASEAN Court
D. People’s ASEAN
E. ASEAN Convention
F.Systemic Inter-Connection
Select Bibliography; Appendices; Index.

All interested in the development of human rights in Southeast Asia, especially in relation to the growth of national and regional institutions and processes on human rights protection.