The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights held a Regional Training Program on Promoting Access to Justice and Human Rights at Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok from 3 – 6 December 2012. The training program is jointly organised by AICHR, Institute of Human Rights and Peace (IHRP), Mahidol University, Thailand and UN Women with partial support from the CIDA. Participants included government, academe and CSO representatives working directly on access to justice issues from ASEAN Members States – Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The program aimed to provide participants with an understanding on the concepts of access to justice and human rights and administration of justice in ASEAN Member States including the assessment of challenges access to justice of the poor and some marginalized groups, e.g. victims of domestic violence, children in conflict with the law, etc.
The workshop also provided an opportunity for participants to share and exchange their country experiences and challenges in addressing access to justice issues. This training program is part of the series of capacity building and awareness raising activities organized by AICHR on the topic of access of justice and human rights. Key experts and resource persons were invited to give background and case studies on access to justice from an international and regional perspectives.