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AICHR Interregional Dialogue: Sharing Good Practices on Business and Human Rights, 4-6 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted on: 8 June, 2018

 

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the Interregional Dialogue: Sharing Good Practices on Business and Human Rights on 4-6 June 2018. More than 200 participants attended the Dialogue from the AICHR, ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, relevant UN agencies, regional human rights mechanisms from the European Union and Arab League, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), diplomatic corps, CSOs, business representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

H.E. Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, in his remarks highlighted the Royal Thai Government’s commitment to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and encouraged other ASEAN Member States to also follow the UNGPs to help improve the region’s economy as a whole. Furthermore, he emphasized that “conducting business that respects human rights can create a culture of fairness and decrease social disparities in many aspects such as decreasing dispute between employer and employee, minimizing environmental problems that affect health and utilizing natural resources that will not affect the local communities.”

 

This Dialogue was part of the AICHR’s continued efforts to elevate business and human rights in ASEAN and marked the first occasion that the AICHR convene a dialogue among regional human rights mechanisms and NHRIs from the Asia-Pacific region. The Dialogue provided an avenue for the participants to discuss challenges as well as good practices on the implementation of the UNGPs in the region and beyond. Each session generated a constructive discussion with resource persons coming from different parts of the world on various issues, for instance, gender perspective to business and human rights, supply chain management, and human rights due diligence.

Over the course of the three-day Dialogue, the resource persons and participants highlighted that in relation to multinational companies, supply chains stand out as one of the challenges in the implementation of the UNGPs. Big multinational companies engage with different suppliers in several tiers and it is difficult to ensure that the UNGPs are observed in the operations of each tiers. Collective actions should be the way forward to address the adverse human rights impact from business activities. Business sector is one of the key elements in this effort and to ensure their meaningful participation in the implementation of the UNGPs, awareness-raising program is crucial to increase the understanding of the business sector on the importance and benefit of complying with the UNGPs.

This Dialogue was organized by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, with support from UNDP Asia-Pacific, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Department of Rights and Liberty Protection of the Ministry of Justice Thailand, the Australian Human Rights Commission, ASEAN CSR Network, UNESCAP, and OECD.

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with Consultative Relationship with the AICHR

Posted on: 8 March, 2018

The AICHR is pleased to announce the following six (6) civil society organisations that have been granted consultative relationship with the AICHR:

  1. Development Action for Women Network, Inc. (DAWN)
  2. Institute for Workers and Trade Unions (IWTU)
  3. Malaysian Confederation of the Disabled (MCD)
  4. Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (Society for the Promotion of Human Rights or PROHAM)
  5. Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB)
  6. Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)

The AICHR looks forward for a meaningful and constructive engagement and interaction with the CSOs with Consultative Relationship to further enhance cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in ASEAN.

List of CSOs with Consultative Relationship with the AICHR could be accessed through the following link.

http://aichr.org/external-relations/consultative-relationship-with-the-aichr/

ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners of the ASEAN Youth Video Competition: “ASEAN Against Trafficking: Humans are not for Sale”

Posted on: 9 November, 2017

We are pleased to announce the Regional Winner and People’s Choice Award Winner for the ASEAN Youth Video: “ASEAN Against Trafficking: Humans are not for Sale”.

  • Regional Winner:  Chhorn Soklin from Cambodia with a video entitled “Nightmare”

This video tells a story of Sophie, a girl who was a victim of human trafficking and became an agent who spread awareness of human trafficking to other people specially women and children. The link to the video, https://www.facebook.com/aseansecretariat/videos/10155791371753854/

  • People’s Choice Award Winner: Muhammad Asraf Bin Ab Aziz from Malaysia with a video entitled “Nasir” 

The video portrays the grief of a father whose child falls victim to trafficking. The link to the video, https://www.facebook.com/aseansecretariat/videos/vl.353920421698520/10155791390268854/?type=1

The winners are invited for the Award Ceremony on 27 November 2017 in Bohol, the Philippines.

We would like to thank all participants for their creative work to raise awareness of ASEAN youth on the inter-relatedness between human rights and trafficking in persons (TIP).

The ASEAN Youth Video Competition was co-organised by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR).

 

Consultative Relationship with the AICHR

Posted on: 16 August, 2017

The AICHR is pleased to announce the following six (6) civil society organisations that have been granted consultative relationship with the AICHR:

  1. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
  2. Suara Initiatif Sdn Bhd (SUARAM)
  3. Philippine Migrants Watch, Inc. (PMRW)
  4. Persatuan korban NAPZA Indonesia (PKNI)
  5. FORUM ASIA
  6. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

 

To further its engagement with CSOs, the AICHR is receiving new applications for CSOs/Institutions wishing to have Consultative Relationship with the AICHR.

Submission of applications are welcomed until 30 September 2017. Applications that are considered complete (Application Form and all supporting documents) will be discussed at the next AICHR Meeting.

Please be advised that the documents submitted to aichr@asean.org should not exceed 5 MB.

Application Form appears as below.

  Application Form for Consultative Relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) (20.5 KiB, 0 hits)

For more details on eligibility and procedures of applying, please refer to:

  Guidelines on the AICHR’s Relations with Civil Society Organisations (525.6 KiB, 5,364 hits)

 

Consultative Relationship with the AICHR

Posted on: 23 February, 2017

The AICHR is receiving applications for CSOs/Institutions wishing to have Consultative Relationship with the AICHR.

Submission of applications are welcomed until 31st March 2017. Applications that are considered complete (Application Form and all supporting documents) will be discussed at the next AICHR Meeting.

Please be advised that the documents submitted to aichr@asean.org should not exceed 5MB.

Application Form appears as below.

  Application Form for Consultative Relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) (20.5 KiB, 0 hits)

For more details on eligibility and procedures of applying, please refer to:

  Guidelines on the AICHR’s Relations with Civil Society Organisations (525.6 KiB, 5,364 hits)

 

CSO with Consultative Relationship with the AICHR

Posted on: 4 January, 2017

The AICHR is pleased to announce the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact as a CSO with Consultative Relationship with the AICHR.

The AICHR looks forward for a meaningful and constructive engagement and interaction with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact to further enhance cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in ASEAN.

AICHR Regional Workshop on Strengthening National Plans of Action on Trafficking in Persons to Ensure Effective Implementation of the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) and ASEAN Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (APA), Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1 & 2 December 2016

Posted on: 4 December, 2016

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) conducted a Regional Workshop on Strengthening National Plans of Action on Trafficking in Persons to Ensure Effective Implementation of the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) and ASEAN Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (APA) on 1 – 2 December 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The Workshop was organized and led by the AICHR-Cambodia, with the support from the Republic of Korea (ROK) through ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund.

H.E. Keo Remy, the President of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee was the Keynote Speaker of the Workshop. As the first country to ratify the ACTIP, H.E. Remy highlighted Cambodia’s commitments and efforts to counter trafficking in persons (TIP) covering various key strategies, notably the strengthening of laws and policies by enactment of various national anti-trafficking laws. In their remarks, the Chair of the AICHR, H.E. Mr Phoukhong Sisoulath and the Representative of Cambodia to the AICHR, H.E. Ms. Polyne Hean highlighted that this Workshop is part of the AICHR’s continued commitment to facilitate the mainstreaming of human rights-based approach in the implementation of the ACTIP and APA.

The Workshop was attended by relevant ASEAN Organs and Sectoral Bodies, international agencies as well as relevant Cambodian line ministries responsible for counter-trafficking. It examined the good practices and challenges of the national plans of action on TIP both inside and outside the ASEAN region. Some of the good practices highlighted include bilateral arrangements among the sending and receiving countries, the use of technology and social media to enhance anti-TIP efforts as well as the establishment of specialist units within the national agencies of the AMS to better address the issues of TIP. In terms of challenges, common issues faced by ASEAN Member States (AMS) include the limitation of resources and proper victims identification system.

The Workshop deliberated the recommendations to strengthen the national plans of action on TIP and looked into ways and means to integrate the provisions of the ACTIP and APA into the national plans of action, policies and legislation of the AMS. The relevant AMS were encouraged to ratify the ACTIP, integrate its provisions into their national plans of action and undertake mid-term stock-taking of their national plans of action to ensure their coherence with the ACTIP and APA.