CESR and the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) present a new manual - ‘Defending Dignity’ - designed to strengthen the role of National Human Rights Institutions in monitoring and enforcing economic, social, and cultural rights. The manual is complemented by a series of motion graphics and explanatory videos. This introduction unpacks the question of what is monitoring, and what should it mean for NHRIs getting to grips with economic, social, and cultural rights. It covers a wide range of activities that NHRIs commonly undertake as part of their mandated functions. To download ‘Defending Dignity’ in pdf format, click here.