The Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), established in 1986, is one of the first and leading university-based institutions in the Philippines engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country and in the ASEAN region. It works towards the formation of human rights lawyers and advocates to make justice more accessible to victims of human rights violations, and the empowerment of civil society as a means to promote peace, democracy, gender equality, good governance, and the rule of law. Its program areas include training and education, research and education, and law and policy reform. AHRC has been the Secretariat of the Working Group for the Establishment of an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism since 1996.