HLTF Advances with ASEAN
Charter Draft, Continues Chapter on ASEAN’S Organs
The High Level Task Force continues
to draft the ASEAN Charter in their 7th meeting held in
The High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on the Drafting of the
ASEAN Charter recently met in Bali, Indonesia on 26-28
June 2007 to continue the discussion on the ASEAN Charter.
Among those discussed by the HLTF was the Chapter on “Organs”
which will include a draft provision on the establishment
of an ASEAN Human Rights Commission.
Previously, on the occasion of their retreat in Siem
Reap, Cambodia, ASEAN foreign ministers had directed the
HLTF to include a draft provision subject to the submission
of terms of reference.
The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
(Working Group) welcomes these developments in the Charter.
It can be recalled that, as early as 2000, the Working
Group had written a draft of a possible “Agreement
on the Establishment of an ASEAN Human Rights Commission”.
This was submitted to ASEAN senior officials during the
33rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in Thailand.
The Working Group has also co-organized workshops and
roundtable discussions on the regional human rights mechanism
with host ASEAN governments and national human rights
commissions. These activities were aimed at aiding the
establishment of an “appropriate regional mechanism
on human rights” which ASEAN foreign ministers had
envisioned during the 26th AMM.
Co-Chair Darusman confers with
HLTF Chair Ambassador Rosario Manalo
The ASEAN Charter will codify ASEAN norms, rules, and
values which include the promotion of democracy, human
rights and obligations, transparency and good governance.
ASEAN heads of state declared their commitment in 2005
to establish an ASEAN Charter. They had appointed the
HLTF, consisting of distinguished statespersons from each
ASEAN member-state, to draft the Charter.