Our Objective

The Asian Human Rights Commission / Asian Legal Resource Centre works towards the radical rethinking and fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in Asia, in order to render the transformed institutions capable of providing relief and redress to victims of human rights violations, as expected in Common Article 2 of the International Conventions, making them effective instruments of human rights protection and guarantors of the rule of law and democracy.

In 1984, the Founders of AHRC / ALRC envisioned the upholding of broad aspects of human rights, which they expressed as objectives in abstract terms. The organisation, therefore, initiated its work on broad agreement on principles. Over the years, the AHRC / ALRC has refined its objectives, to reflect its actual involvement and experience in trying to address specific problems in Asian countries. This redefined focus, which the AHRC / ALRC has arrived at, through its repeated encounters with institutional obstacles to human rights and justice, is the vision of the AHRC / ALRC.

To achieve the overall goal, of radical rethinking and fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in Asia, the AHRC / ALRC is engaged in the following work:

  1. Identifying the defects of Asian justice institutions, i.e. police, prosecution, and judiciary, and making recommendations and suggestions for changes, in terms of international human rights norms and standards, for legal and institutional reforms;
  2. Building and equipping a large advocacy group in each country, to enable consistent work to achieve the desired changes; assisting these groups to articulate their demands for change clearly; and spreading their ideas widely;
  3. Creating international awareness and support for justice institution changes in Asia;
  4. Engaging in advocacy in concrete cases of human rights violations, and protecting human rights defenders;
  5. Assembling a people’s narrative of human rights and, through this, promoting knowledge about human rights, particularly from the point of view of equality before law and fair trial;
  6. Intervening in cases of torture, and all forms of custodial abuses and state excesses, such as extrajudicial executions and disappearances;
  7. Paying special attention to vulnerable groups, such as women, children, minorities, and indigenous people, so as to ensure their protection;
  8. Using the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to highlight fundamental defects of justice institutions;
  9. Building a wide network of partnerships and contacts, and assisting civil society and victims of human rights abuses, in order to achieve the aforementioned work in light of the overall goal.