Asean representatives discuss outcomes of human rights activities
The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) successfully convened its 22nd meeting from November 23 to 25 in Luang Prabang province.
The meeting was chaired by the Lao representative to the AICHR and the Chair of AICHR for 2016, Mr Phoukhong Sisoulath.
As part of efforts to mainstream human rights under the three pillars of Asean, the meeting was briefed on the outcomes of recently held Commission activities, the AICHR-SOMTC Consultation on Human Rights-Based Approach in the Implementation of ACTIP and APA in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the AICHR Seminar on Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility on Human Rights in Asean in Singapore, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
With regard to achieving a more inclusive Asean society, the meeting took note of the two AICHR activities pertaining to disabilities, namely the 2nd Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Asean Community and the AICHR Training Programme on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
During the three-day meeting, Commission representatives extensively discussed programmes and activities that the Commission will undertake in 2017 to further regional cooperation on fulfilling human rights in Asean-related issues.
These will cover issues such as the right to education, Sustainable Development Goals, and sharing good practices regarding international human rights law; as well as the continuation of several AICHR programmes, including the AICHR youth debate, regional dialogue on disability, workshop on human rights, environment and climate change, and the AICHR-SOMTC second consultation.
The first AICHR Judicial Colloquium on the Sharing of Good Practices Regarding International Human Rights Law is scheduled to be held from March 6 to 8, 2017, in Kuala Lumpur.
The Colloquium seeks to encourage greater peer-to-peer interaction between senior apex court judges of Asean Member States in line with Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Marking the end of Laos' Chairmanship of the AICHR, the meeting concluded with the handover of the chairmanship from the Lao representative, Mr Phoukhong Sisoulath, to the temporary representative of the Philippines, Ms Belinda Mariano Ante, who is also Ambassador of the Philippines to Laos. The Philippines will hold the AICHR Chairmanship in 2017.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update November 30, 2016)