Press Release of
the Fifth ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human
Jakarta, 25-29 April 2011
The Fifth ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human
Rights (AICHR) Meeting was held from 25 – 29 April
2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This Meeting was the second
meeting of AICHR in 2011 Chaired by the Indonesian Representative,
Chair of AICHR.
The Meeting welcomed the opening remarks delivered by
H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
He underscored the role of AICHR and its significant contribution
towards the achievement of an ASEAN Community in 2015.
The Secretary-General stressed the importance of the drafting
of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, which will be a
roadmap for the regional human rights development.
The Meeting had discussed and adopted the Terms of Reference
of AICHR’s Drafting Group for the ASEAN Human Rights
Declaration, Rules of Procedure for the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights’ (AICHR) Fund and the
terms of reference of the thematic study of baseline study
on Corporate Social Responsibilities and Human Rights
in ASEAN. Furthermore, AICHR had discussed and reached
agreement on key elements of the Five-Year Work Plan 2012-2015
and the terms of reference for the thematic studies on
Migration. The Meeting also discussed the preparation
for the publication of a booklet on AICHR.
During the course of the AICHR Meeting, the Minister
for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia/Chair
of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty
M. Natalegawa, received the AICHR Representatives. They
had a substantial discussion on the work of AICHR and
the human rights developments and challenges in ASEAN.
AICHR also met and exchanged views with the Committee
of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on their closer cooperation
The Meeting agreed that the Sixth ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights Meeting will be held in Vientiane,
Lao PDR, 28 June – 2 July 2011.