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At the time of writing the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights is in its 15th year of operation. This is a timely moment to reflect upon the previous decade and a half progress of the world’s youngest regional human rights organization. Upon establishment AICHR raised the hope of many in region that there would finally be an organization that could protect human rights in ASEAN states from abuse by those same governments. That hope was quickly tempered with the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration in 2012. However, over the next decade AICHR has been active and it is a good time to reflect on positive and negative points since establishment.

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