ASEAN Human Rights – Going Forward or Stalled?

16 September 2009

The Online Citizen has written an article about the selection process of the Singapore representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

ASEAN Human Rights – Going Forward or Stalled?


MARUAH’s recommendations on ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

4 September 2009

Please see below for the full recommendations from the recent public consultation organised by MARUAH on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on 22 August 2009.

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Consultation Workshop:
“Engaging the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) – The People’s Views”
Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore
22 August 2009

A. Background
1. The above-named consultation was organised with the aims of raising awareness to the functions, role and governance of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and for the people sector to engage in this process at the regional and national levels.

2. Ninety participants from various civil society, political and academic organisations, and interested members of the public attended the workshop and participated fully. Others who attended the event included diplomats, media personnel who were observers. The event was closed to media. A press conference was held at the end of the consultation.

3. The Workshop notes that the ASEAN Charter entered into force on 15 December 2008 following its ratification by all member-states. The Workshop notes that the timeline agreed upon by the ASEAN foreign ministers to have the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the AHRB finalized by 2009 will be met and that the High Level Panel (HLP) submitted the final draft of the TOR of the human rights body to the ASEAN foreign ministers on 19 July 2009 for consideration and endorsement.

4. The Workshop asserts that though the TOR does not have a strong mandate on protection, the process of protecting the rights of the people in ASEAN has begun.
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Thailand opens application for candidates for ASEAN human rights body

3 September 2009

Please see below for news of the open invitation for candidates, as part of the process of selecting the Thai representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

MARUAH recently held a public consultation on the AICHR, and has submitted its recommendations, which includes calling for an transparent & open process for the selection of Singapore’s
representative to the AICHR. To date there has been no response on the selection process in Singapore…

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/09/02/regional/regional_30111285.php
FM invites candidate for Asean human rights panel
By Supalak Ganjanakhundee
The Nation
Published on September 2, 2009

The Foreign Ministry has opened for applications of candidates to represent Thailand in the Asean Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights, the regional body to promote and protect human rights in the region.

The application is opened for all Thai nationals who are interested in and keen on human right matters as well as have experience in human right works, said the ministry’s Director of Asean Affairs Department Vitavas Srivihok.
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