ASEAN adopts the Cebu Declaration on the Blueprint of the ASEAN Charter; ASEAN Leaders endorse the EPG Report to the High Level Task Force (HLTF) created to draft the Charter. (in Cebu)

ASEAN NHRIs (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand) formalize support for a regional mechanism by signing a Declaration of Cooperation which includes a provision on recommending steps that could be taken in establishing an ASEAN human rights mechanism to their respective governments. (in Bali)

Article 14 of the proposed ASEAN Charter mandates the establishment of an ASEAN human rights body “in conformity with the purposes and principles of the ASEAN Charter relating to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms”. (in Singapore)