on Human Rights in ASEAN
Thailand – The Working Group for an ASEAN
Human Rights Mechanism wrapped up the 5th Roundtable Discussion
on Human Rights in ASEAN with renewed determination to
forge ahead and do its part in developing a responsive
and credible human rights system in the region.
The Roundtable discussed topics ranging from other regional
human rights systems to the three pillars of the ASEAN
Community; from the challenges facing the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to the lessons it could
take away from earlier ASEAN processes (e.g., the drafting
of the Charter). These discussions triggered fruitful
exchanges of opinions between the speakers and the participants
and made for very interesting conclusions.
The Roundtable also drew attention the current status
of the AICHR and other ASEAN bodies such as the ASEAN
Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights
of Women and Children (ACWC); the urgent need to resolve
issues such as these bodies’ alignment; as well
as the relevance of the developments in ASEAN to human
rights given the current global and regional contexts.
The 5th Roundtable was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 15-16
December 2009. It was co-organized and co-hosted by the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the National
Human Rights Commission of Thailand and the Working Group.
View the Summary of Proceedings of the 5th Roundtable
Discussion on Human Rights in ASEAN – Towards an
ASEAN Human Rights System: Roles of Institutions and Related
Activities – here.