AICHR Consultation on Realisation of The Right To Development to Enhance the ASEAN Community


Jakarta, 12 November 2019

On 11-12 November 2019, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) held its activity on the Consultation on the Realisation of the on the Right to Development to Enhance the ASEAN Community (Article 35-37 of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration) in the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia.

This Consultation was attended by more than 90 participants from the AICHR, ASEAN Sectoral Bodies, Civil Society Organisations, Universities and the ASEAN Secretariat.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Jose A. Tavares, Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, underlined the importance of the values and principles of the right to development to implement the ASEAN community building.



Emphasizing the importance of a strong link between human rights and development, the Representative of Indonesia to the AICHR, H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum stated that the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) encourages ASEAN Member States to adopt a meaningful people-oriented and gender responsive development programme in their poverty alleviation measures.



The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to development, Mr. Saad Alfaragi highlighted that the right to development consists of a holistic process, which requires proper implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation. The Special Rapporteur also stressed the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation towards the implementation of right to development.



In the course of two-day consultation, participants discussed several topics such as the impact of globalization to the right to development in ASEAN, the link between SDGs and the right to development, addressing inequality through sharing of practices of the ASEAN member states, gender perspective of the right to development and the existing practices in the ASEAN Member States to respond gaps, grievances and remedies on issues related the right to development.

The Consultation on the realisation of the right to development was hosted by AICHR Indonesia in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia and National Commission on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) with the support from Heinrich-Bolls Stiftung, ICCO and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR).


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