AICHR

ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

  • Press Release: Special Meeting of the AICHR, 2 – 5 August 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • The AICHR Representatives’ Interface with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers
  • Press Release: Training Of Trainers For Journalists In ASEAN Member States, 25 – 29 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Press Release: Special Meeting of the AICHR, 13 – 15 June 2015, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
  • Press Release: The AICHR Dialogue with ASEAN Community Councils on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the Pnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the AHRD, 25 – 26 May 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Meaningful and constructive engagement and interaction between AICHR and CSOs

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.

Press Release: Training Of Trainers For Journalists In ASEAN Member States, 25 – 29 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted on: 31 July, 2015

For the first time since its inception, the AICHR has targeted its human rights training to another key stakeholder in ASEAN Community building efforts namely journalists. Journalists play an essential part towards building of the ASEAN Community building and in fact play a key role in ensuring human rights are not only promoted but protected. Today the AICHR has successfully concluded its third Training of Trainers on human rights for journalists.

Around thirty five journalists from all ten ASEAN Member States attended the five-days training programme in Eastin Grand Hotel, Bangkok which was organized by the Representative of Thailand to the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (the AICHR) and supported by the ASEAN – US Progress.

The AICHR crafted this TOT specifically for journalists to equip them with better understanding on human rights as well as to create a regional platform for ASEAN journalists to share experiences and best practices on the promotion and protection of human rights through their work.

 In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR mentioned the significance of this year for ASEAN in general, with the launching of the ASEAN Community by the end of the year, as well as the formulation of ASEAN Vision 2025 and the new Community blueprints of each pillar of ASEAN, and for the AICHR in particular, with the leaving of majority of its Representatives.

The Training covered core areas of human rights such as rights of women, children, persons of disabilities, and the nexus between the environment, climate change and human rights.

The participants were also reminded that as journalists not only they play a vital role in the promotion and protection of human rights, they are also right bearers, and their rights to freedom of expressions are firmly established under the international law. By taking human rights perspective in their reporting work, journalists contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights, and thus are entitled to rights and protection accorded to human rights defenders.

On the last day of training the participants visited the Central Women Correctional Institution, the Thai PBS, and the Royal Thai Police Education Bureau. During the visit to the Central Women Correctional Institution, the participants were taken to a tour across the facility, where they could see firsthand the efforts of the Thai government to ensure the implementation of the Bangkok Rules which accord minimum treatment to female prisoners. The Bangkok Rules were the initiative of Thailand Princess, HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and the Thai Government. It was unanimously adopted by 193 countries during the 65th General Assembly session in December 2010 (UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/65/229). The United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (known as the ‘Bangkok Rules’), protects the rights of female prisoners and offenders, explicitly addressing the different needs that women have and the different situations they come from, and it was the first instrument to address the needs of children in prison with their parents.

The participants encouraged the AICHR to conduct similar trainings and further advance trainings. ASEAN journalists would benefit from being informed with the knowledge of human rights, and of the vital role they play in the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.

Press Release: Special Meeting of the AICHR, 13 – 15 June 2015, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Posted on: 15 June, 2015

The ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its Special Meeting, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 13 to 15 June 2015. The Meeting was chaired by Tan Sri Dr. Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR and the Chair of the AICHR.

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Press Release: The AICHR Dialogue with ASEAN Community Councils on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the Pnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the AHRD, 25 – 26 May 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

Posted on: 1 June, 2015

Led by Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Mr. Rafendi Djamin, the AICHR hosted the first ever Dialogue between the AICHR and the ASEAN Community Councils on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the AHRD. The Dialogue was held on 25 – 26 May 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Indonesia, which was also supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

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Meaningful and constructive engagement and interaction between AICHR and CSOs

Posted on: 20 May, 2015

AICHR looks forward for more meaningful and constructive engagement and interaction with civil society organisations (CSO)s through the adoption of Guidelines on the AICHR’s Relations with Civil Society Organisations. The guidelines is aimed to further strengthen ASEAN cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Press Release: 18th Meeting of the AICHR, 6 – 9 May, Jakarta, Indonesia

Posted on: 9 May, 2015

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its 18th Meeting in Jakarta from 6 to 9 May 2015. The Meeting had extensive discussions on many issues including the drafting of AICHR’s Five Year Work Plan for the period 2016 – 2020 and AICHR’s Priority Programmes for 2016, as well as the implementation of activities to be conducted this year, such as the AICHR Workshop on Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Environment and Climate Change, the Regional Workshop on the Role of Youth in Promoting Human Rights in ASEAN, and the First ASEAN Symposium & Dialogue on the Role of the Judiciary in the Promotion & Protection of Human Rights in ASEAN.

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