South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, as the Secretariat of the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), is pleased to present the Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia in 2016.  The 2016 ANNI Report is based on country reports with analysis of national developments that took place throughout 2015 in each of the countries included in the publication.

The 2016 ANNI Report primarily focuses on issues of independence and effectiveness of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), looking also at the trend and level of engagement of the NHRIs with other stakeholders, such as civil society and parliament. The 2016 ANNI Report analyses the following national developments:

Southeast Asia

Malaysia: Undermining NHRI through Budget Cut

Thailand: Failing in Testing Times

Timor-Leste: Pro-Active Response Needed

South Asia

Bangladesh: Change of Direction Needed

India: A Spectator when Fundamental Freedoms are Under Attack

The Maldives: Retracing Steps for A Better Journey Ahead

Nepal: Rising Hope

Sri Lanka: New Faces, New Challenges

Northeast Asia

Hong Kong: Watchdogs that Neither Bark nor Bite

Mongolia: Absent in National Policy-Making

Republic of Korea: An Act of Deception

Taiwan: An NHRI on the Horizon

Click here to download the ANNI Report 2016