Promoting human rights : National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia

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Promoting human rights : National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia

Title: Promoting human rights : National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia
Author: Setiawan, Ken Marijtje Prahari
Publisher: Leiden University Press : Leiden
Issue Date: 2013-12-12
Keywords: Human rights
Komnas HAM
National Human Rights Institutions
Freedom of religion
Fair trial
Adequate housing
National Human Rights Commissions
Abstract: Since the 1990s, the number of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) has grown rapidly worldwide. NHRIs are widely believed to be able to contribute to the realisation of human rights, by embedding international norms in domestic structures. Promoting Human Rights: National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia addresses this issue by a comparative analysis of two NHRIs in Southeast Asia. It traces the development of both organisations since their inception, as well as their performance and effectiveness in three case studies regarding the freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial and the right to adequate housing. It reveals that the manner in which NHRIs address human rights issues differs between categories of rights, and that the promotion of international human rights standards is often hampered by the contestation of these norms, both within and outside of the organisation. At the same time, this study highlights some of the contributions the NHRIs have made to the realisation of human rights in challenging circumstances. The author therefore argues that NHRIs play a crucial role in making human rights an integral part of both the state and society.
Description: Promotor: J.M. Otto, Co-Promotor: A.W. Bedner
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Citation: Setiawan, K.M.P., 2013, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: E.M. Meijers Instituut;220
ISBN: 9789087282035
Sponsor: NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek/Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
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