Asia: Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions Report 2019

The 2019 ANNI Report analyses the independence and effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), and the trend and level of engagement of the NHRIs with various stakeholders, including civil society and human rights defenders (HRDs or defenders). Furthermore, this report explores the role of NHRIs in democratic backsliding and the contraction of civic spaces.

Among others, the report draws the following conclusions:

“Overwhelmingly, the assessments conducted by civil society and HRDs in this year’s report show that NHRIs in the region largely fail at protecting people’s civic space.”

“NHRIs in the region appear too cautious in holding to account governments and security forces responsible for human rights violations.”

“NHRIs should continue to cultivate and formalise their relationship with civil society and HRDs by closely and regularly collaborating and engaging with civil society organisations (CSOs).”

“ANNI believes that if NHRIs fully uphold human rights principles and function independently and effectively, they would be able to fulfill social expectations and hold promises that their establishment creates. They would also be able to be a key ally and discerning partner in the expansion of civic space and protection of HRDs/WHRDs.”

Find the original document here in English (Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development).