Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asian-Pacific region.

1988/73. Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asian-Pacific region

The Commission on Human Rights, Recalling that the General Assembly in its resolutions, notably resolution 41/153 of 4 December 1986, has repeatedly affirmed the value of regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, Recalling also its own resolution 1987/41 of 10 March 1987, Recognizing that regional arrangements make a major contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and that non-governmental organizations may have a valuable role to play in this process, Bearing in mind that intergovernmental arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights have been established in other regions, Noting with appreciation the report of the seminar on national, local and regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asian region, held at Colombo from 21 June to 2 July 1982 (A/37/422, annex), and the comments received on the report of the seminar from the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and its member States, Welcoming the designation of the Social Development Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as a regional focal point on human rights,

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General (E/CN.4/1988/39 and Add.1);

2. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to assist and encourage the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific to pursue the establishment of a depository centre for United Nations human rights materials within the Commission at Bangkok, the function of which would include the collection, processing and dissemination of such materials in the Asian and Pacific region;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to ensure a continuing flow of human rights material to the library of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok for appropriate dissemination in the region;

4. Takes note of the efforts of United Nations development agencies in the Asian and Pacific region to promote the human rights dimension more actively and systematically in their development activities;

5. Encourages United Nations development agencies in the Asian and Pacific region to co-ordinate with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific their efforts to promote the human rights dimension in their activities-,

6. Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General on the successful training course on human rights teaching held in Bangkok from 12 to 23 October 1987 under the United Nations programme of advisory services in the field of human rights (E/CN.4/1988/39/Add.1);

7. Draws attention to the summary of discussions and conclusions in the report, in particular to the need to advance both formal and informal teaching of human rights in the region, with emphasis on the identification of target groups, particularly in rural areas;

8. Takes note also of the general consensus among Participants in the training course that it would be useful for the better identification of existing measures and the dissemination of materials to establish a resource library which would collect and disseminate laws, documents and other publications throughout the region;

9. Requests the Secretary-General to submit a further report to the Commission at its forty-fifth session incorporating information on progress achieved in the implementation of the present resolution;

10. Decides to continue its consideration of this question at its forty-fifth session under the agenda item "Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission; alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms".

56th meeting
10 March 1988
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XI.]
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