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

1992/40.
Regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asian and Pacific region

The Commission on Human Rights, Recalling that the General Assembly, in its resolutions 41/153 of 4 December 1986, 43/140 of 8 December 1988 and 45/168 of 18 December 1990, affirmed the value of regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Asian and Pacific region, Recalling also its resolutions 1988/73 of 10 March 1988, 1989/50 of 7 March 1989, 1990/71 of 7 March 1990 and 1991/28 of 5 March 1991, Taking note of resolution 45/2 adopted by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on 5 April 1989, Bearing in mind that intergovernmental arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights have been established in other regions, Recognizing the valuable contribution that could be made by national institutions in the field of human rights to the concept of regional arrangements, Recognizing also that non-governmental organizations may have a valuable role to play in this process, Recalling that a seminar on regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights was to have taken place in Jakarta at the end of 1991,

1. Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General (E/CN.4/1992/24);

2. Requests the Secretary-General to ensure a continuing flow of human rights materials to the library of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific;

3. Encourages all member States and associate members of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and other parties to make full use of the depositary centre of that organization;

4. Encourages once again United Nations development agencies in the Asian and Pacific region to coordinate with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to promote the human rights dimension in their activities;

5. Welcomes the organization of regional workshops on various human rights issues, including regional and national institutions and arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights, which have been held in the Asian and Pacific region;

6. Encourages all States in the Asian and Pacific region to consider further the establishment of regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights in the region and, in this regard, requests once again the Secretary-General to organize, within existing resources, a seminar to discuss this matter in 1992;

7. Appeals to all Governments in the Asian and Pacific region to consider making use of the possibility offered by the United Nations of organizing, under the programme of advisory services and technical assistance in the field of human rights, information and/or training courses at the national level for appropriate government personnel on the application of international human rights standards and the experience of relevant international organs;

8. Encourages all States in the Asian and Pacific region to consider ratifying or acceding to the various human rights instruments;

9. Requests the Secretary-General to consult the States in the Asian and Pacific region on the widest possible basis in the implementation of the present resolution;

10. Also requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Commission at its forty-ninth session a further report incorporating information on the progress achieved in the implementation of the present resolution;

11. Decides to continue its consideration of the question at its forty-ninth session under the agenda item entitled "Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the Commission".

48th meeting
8 February 1992
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XI.]
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