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Unlike all other regions, Asia and Pacific does not have a regional inter-governmental system in place – such as regional courts, commissions and related institutions – to monitor and protect human rights.

A Working Group for the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism has been established, but ASEAN is not well-known for its priorities in the area of human rights and it thus may be a long time before anything concrete comes of this.

Any civil society organisations and NGOs based in Asia (whether inside or outside the Pacific region) should take up this challenge and begin to pressure individual governments, ASEAN and the UN for more action in this field.