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Press Release: Special Meeting of the AICHR, 2 – 5 August 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted on: 5 August, 2015

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its Special Meeting, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 2 to 5 August 2015. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Tan Sri Dr. Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the Chair of the AICHR and the Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR.

Over the course of four days, the Meeting discussed various programmes and activities which will be organized by the AICHR, including among others, the ASEAN Youth Debate on Human Rights, and the Regional Workshop on the Role of Youth in Promoting Human Rights: Making Rights a Reality, also the AICHR First Symposium on Judiciary: The Judiciary, Human Rights and Rule of Law.

The AICHR has embarked on a Regional Study on the Economic Participation of Women in ASEAN, the Meeting discussed on the possibility to issue a statement on the subject by the end of this year, in time with the inauguration of the ASEAN Community.

In conjunction with the current formulation of ASEAN Vision 2025, the AICHR finds it timely to initiate a discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities, with the hope of developing regional guidelines pertaining the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.

The Meeting exchanged views on effective means for conducting thematic studies, including the selection of National Focal Points with regards to preparation of national reports.

On 3 August 2015 the AICHR met the ASEAN Foreign Ministers to submit its Annual Report 2015, Five-Year Work Plan 2016-2020 and Priority Programmes 2016. At this interface between the AICHR and the AMM, the Chair of AICHR reiterated the AICHR’s commitment to enhance interaction with relevant ASEAN bodies and organs in order to mainstream human rights across the three pillars of ASEAN. The interface also took note of the AICHR assessment and recommendation on the review the TOR of AICHR.

On the last day, the AICHR met with Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and exchanged views on their respective priorities and possible cooperation on human rights.

The Meeting thanked the Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR and the government of Malaysia for the hospitality and excellent arrangements of the Meeting. The AICHR will hold their next meeting in Manila, Philippines, on 16 to 17 September 2015.

The AICHR Representatives’ Interface with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers

Posted on: 4 August, 2015

On 3 August 2015, the AICHR met the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) to submit their Annual Report 2015, the Five-Year Work Plan 2016-2020 as well as the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities 2016 along with its annual budget. The AICHR reported the progress of the works of the AICHR and highlighted the extraordinary circumstances that mark the special occasion to the current reporting period, namely the commencement of the ASEAN Community by the end of 2015, the closure of the implementation of its Five-Year Work Plan 2010-2015 and a milestone change in the composition of the AICHR’s Representatives at the end of 2015. The AMM commended the strong impetus and continued commitment of the AICHR in the promotion and protection of Human Rights in the Region and encouraged the AICHR to further discharge its functions and mandates efficaciously.