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Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation Workshop in Beijing

A number of Working Group personalities presented papers at the 13th Annual Workshop of the Framework on Regional Cooperation for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region, held from 30 August to 02 September 2005 in Beijing, China.

Working Group Co-Chair Vitit Muntarbhorn presented his paper, “In Search of the Rights Track: Evolving a Regional Framework for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region.” While Working Group Secretary-General Carlos P. Medina talked about the current state of human rights in Asia-Pacific and identified possible steps to review current human rights initiatives.

Dr. Purificacion Quisumbing, chair of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights and member of the Philippine Working Group, also reported on last November's highlights of the sub-regional workshop for judges and lawyers on the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights in Southeast Asia held in Manila.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Government of the People’s Republic of China jointly organized the 13th Annual Workshop.