Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) has pledged to work jointly and bilaterally for the effective promotion and protection of human rights of the people of both in Myanmar and in the South East Asian region in compliance with the Paris Principles, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The MNHRC made the pledge days after it was admitted into the South East Asia National Human Rights Institution (SEANHRI) as its 6th member at its 9th annual meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on September 12-14.

The SEANHRI, which originally comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, agreed in 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand to carry out jointly or bilaterally programs and activities in areas of human rights of common concern and signed the ASEAN NHRIs Forum Declaration of Cooperation in Bali, Indonesia on June 28, 2007.

The regional body was renamed as SEANHR Forum (SEANF) at its 6th annual meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2009 and its membership was extended to Timor Leste.

The general objective of the forum is to organize itself as a regional mechanism for the effective promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights of the people in the South East Asia region, the statement added. –Xinhua,