Ralph Wilde


The Asia-Pacific region is the only area of the world without. a

human rights regime. This piece evaluates current NGO proposals.

Since 1982, regional workshops have been held between Asia-

Pacific state representatives under the aegis of the United Nations. The

most recent was held in Tehran from February 28 to March 2 1998. At that

meeting it was agreed that the first building block for a regional regime

would be a technical cooperation program to further develop national

human rights structures and education programs. This approach would

help to foster local human rights protection, and explore the possibilities of

regional co-operation by identifying the issues of concern common to the

countries involved.