Press Release of the Sixth Meeting of the ASEAN

Press Release of the Sixth Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)

Yangon, Myanmar 3 – 6 June 2012

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) held its Sixth Meeting on the draft ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) on 3 – 6 June 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr. Chet Chealy, Member of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee, the Alternate Representative of Cambodia to AICHR and Chair of AICHR.

AICHR continued its deliberations on the draft AHRD along the guidelines given by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) and also taking into consideration the many inputs it has received from the Sectoral Bodies during the first Regional Consultation in May 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Meeting continued to finalise the draft so as to submit to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers at the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in July, 2012.

AICHR will have its Seventh Meeting on the AHRD in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 22 – 23 June 2012. During the course of the Meeting, AICHR will conduct a Regional Consultation with civil society organisations (CSOs) on 22 June. With the fruitful discussion AICHR had with the ASEAN Sectoral Bodies in Bangkok, AICHR also looks forward to the consultation it will have with the CSOs in Kuala Lumpur as well as their constructive contributions to the development of the draft AHRD.

The Meeting expressed appreciation to the Host, the Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to AICHR, for the hospitality and excellent arrangements for the Meeting.

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