Working Group Meets
with the AICHR; Discusses Engagements and Activities
On 01 July 2011, the Working Group for an ASEAN Human
Rights Mechanism met with the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) during its Sixth Meeting
in Vientiane, Lao PDR to share the results of its activities
that support the goals of the AICHR and discuss future
engagements with the AICHR. This was the second meeting
between the two groups, the first one held in September
2010 in Kuala Lumpur during the Third Meeting of the AICHR.
The Working Group shared that since it last meeting with
the AICHR; it has co-organized the following activities,
usually together with an ASEAN Member State, which are
all in line with the priority program areas identified
by the AICHR:
During its first meeting with the Working Group, the
AICHR shared that part of its plans and directions include
the strengthening of the capacity of the AICHR, increasing
awareness and discussion of human rights issues in ASEAN,
and the preparation of thematic studies on human rights.
The Working Group also shared that it has produced an
informational video on ASEAN and human rights, which is
being used for awareness-raising.
Aside from this, the Working Group proposed joint activities
with the AICHR which include workshops on thematic human
rights issues (e.g. corporate social responsibility and
human rights, ASEAN Community Blueprints, etc.), consultations
on the proposed ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, Curriculum
Development for Human Rights Training, and ASEAN Human
Rights Discussion Series and a Roadshow on the AICHR.
It also shared a suggested framework and elements for
the drafting of an ASEAN human rights declaration.
In the end, the AICHR Representatives welcomed the initiatives
of the Working Group and agreed to pursue constructive
dialogues and coordination with each other’s work
plans to be able to have complementary activities.