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Working Group Meets in Kuala Lumpur

The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism sat down for an intensive meeting on November 16 and 17 in Kuala Lumpur. The group discussed important developments in the region, assessed actions, discussed future plans, and updated each other on national working group activities since the last meeting in Vientiane, Laos in July 2005.

Issues discussed thoroughly at the meeting included: 1) The preparations for the 5th Annual Workshop for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. 2) Updates on the networking of the national human rights institutions. 3) The implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) and how the Working Group can assist ASEAN in concretizing human rights program areas in the VAP. 4) The progress in the creation of an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) as well as the challenges in the way of its constitution. 5) Funding concerns as well as opportunities on the regional and national levels. 6) The Working Group’s Communications Plan. The meeting was held at the Hotel Equatorial in Kuala Lumpur and was attended by members from Cambodia (Mr. Kem Sokha and Mr. Sun Channdara Wuddh); Indonesia (Mr. Marzuki Darusman and Mr. Budiono Kusumohamidjojo); Malaysia (Dato Param Cumaraswamy, Mr. Marimuthu Nadason and Mr. B. Yoga Mithran); Philippines (Mr. Wigberto Tañada and Ms. Paulynn Sicam); Thailand (Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree and Ms. Sunsanee Suthisunsanee); and Singapore (Mr. Sinapan Samydorai). Representatives from the Southeast Asian Regional Cooperation for Human Development, Mr. Michael Miner and Ms. Maureen Maloney, were also in attendance. Members of the Working Group’s Secretariat Mr. Ray Paolo Santiago and Ms. Maita Chan-Gonzaga provided administrative and technical support.