Dignity at the 3rd Regional Consultation on ASEAN Human Rights PDF Print E-mail

Southeast Asia is a vibrant region with a booming economy and rich culture. However the region also has its fair share of human rights issues and violations, both present and historically.

 

In recognising this, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) – consisting of 10 countries in the regions like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, etc – has formed the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) in October 2009 to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of the ASEAN people.

 

With the establishment of the AICHR, it is of utmost importance that civil society organizations in the region engage with the commissions in their foundational years to ensure the direction and working modalities of the institution are up to the expectation of civil society.

 


Dignity Staff Team Chan Tsu Chong and Adrian Pereira
attentively particiapting.

 

In view of the above, FORUM-ASIA, together with Era Consumer and SUARAM of Malaysia, organized the 3 rd Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights to provide a platform for civil society to reflect past engagements with ASEAN, the challenges ahead and to devise new strategies and action plan for the strengthening of the ASEAN human rights mechanisms in 2011.

 

The meeting was held from 17 to 18 September 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and involved 50 representatives from various civil society NGOs in the region. Team Dignity represented by Jerald Joseph (Executive Director), Adrian Pareira, and Chan Tsu Chong, were also present to contribute their views and ideas. The team drew from its experience in working with global grassroots communities to assist in enhancing human rights mechanism in the ASEAN region.

 

At the end of the 3 rd Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights, the group call on AICHR to:

 

  • Engage in consultation processes between respective AICHR commissioners and civil society at the national level.
  • Consult civil society in order to determine human rights thematic or priority issues within the ASEAN region.
  • Assess, review and address the general human rights situation of each ASEAN member including the crosscutting issues faced by those belonging to the vulnerable and marginalized sectors.
  • Include civil society in an impartial, transparent and participatory drafting process of the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights.
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