SAARC has been unable to push forward its agenda of social development, economic cooperation/integration and building trust among the South Asian nations. Similarly, SAARC has been ineffective to meet the emerging challenges such as terrorism, climate change and environmental degradation. Regional connectivity with strong mechanism for consolidating democracy and human rights through the wider participation of civil society still remains a dream and cooperation in energy sector and harnessing of water resources continues to be marred by regional security issues. This paper will try to discuss an overview of SAARC in the context of democracy by highlighting major challenges and opportunities for establishment of human rights mechanism in South Asia.
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