1. The journey of human rights : philosophical, political and legal 2. An overview of the existing regional mechanisms of human rights in the world : the European and the inter-American systems 3. An overview of the existing regional mechanisms of human rights in the world : the African and the Arab human rights mechanisms 4. Human rights initiatives within Asia 5. Human rights in South Asia and initiatives of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) 6. Lessons for the proposed South Asian human rights mechanism for the existing mechanisms 7. The proposed roadmap for the establishment of a South Asian human rights mechanism.