Another step forward
for regional human rights cooperation
Phuket, Thailand, 20 July 2009
ASEAN took another historic step in developing regional
cooperation in human rights when the 42nd ASEAN Ministerial
Meeting today adopted the Terms of Reference (TOR) for
the ASEAN human rights body.
The Foreign Ministers also agreed to name the body as
the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights.
"This decision by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will
contribute towards strengthening our ASEAN Community building.
We are now implementing the Charter both in letter and
in spirit. Democracy and human rights are two basic principles
enshrined in the Charter and we are now taking steps towards
the fulfillment of these principles for our peoples,"
said the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan
in Phuket after the adoption of the TOR.
Each ASEAN Member State will now appoint its national
representative to the Commission in time for its formal
establishment at the upcoming 15th ASEAN Summit in Phuket
on 23 - 25 October 2009.
A political declaration for the launching of the Commission
is being drafted by the High - Level Panel that drafted
the TOR for the Commission.
In the political declaration, the ASEAN Leaders will
lay down the guidelines on how to further strengthen the
mandate and functions of the Commission in the promotion
and protection of human rights in ASEAN.
Source: ASEAN Secretariat
the Press Release of the ASEAN Secretariat here.