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International Human Rights Law

Human Rights Bodies

This tab provides link to treaty bodies that have been established to promote human rights in their respective regions with investigative and judicial powers.

  • United Nations
  • African Commission
  • Organization of American States
  • European Union
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

The following are independent organization that promote human rights. They are not established by treaty but may hold consultative status with United Nations agencies.

  • Asian Human Rights Commission
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was founded in 1984 by a prominent group of jurists and human rights activists in Asia. The AHRC is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region, and to mobilise Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations. AHRC promotes civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.
  • Asian Legal Resource Centre
    The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) works towards the radical rethinking & fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in Asia, to ensure relief and redress for victims of human rights violations, as per Common Article 2 of the International Conventions. Sister organisation to the Asian Human Rights Commission, the ALRC is based in Hong Kong & holds general consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations.