2012 Sep 15
September 15, 2012

Phl hosts Asean human rights meeting

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MANILA, Sept 15 — The Philippines hosted the second regional consultation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ninth meeting of AICHR on September 12 to 14 at the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Philippine representative to the AICHR, reported to Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario the conclusion of the second regional consultation with civil society organizations (CSO) on the Asean Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the ninth meeting on the AHRD, a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

The consultation and meetings were chaired by Chet Chealy, the alternate representative of Cambodia to AICHR.

Manalo said the September 12 regional consultation with representatives of national, regional and international CSOs on the AHRD was hosted by the Philippines upon instructions of the Asean foreign ministers to further improve the draft. She added that the consultations were interactive and meaningful.

At the ninth meeting of AICHR, representatives discussed and considered the inputs received from CSOs to refine the draft AHRD.

In addition, AICHR also met with human rights experts Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, Ray Paolo Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center and Yuniyanti Chuazifah of the National Commission on Violence Against Women from Indonesia to seek their views and inputs on the AHRD.

The AICHR representatives completed its first full draft called the “Manila Draft” for submission to the Informal Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting (IAMM) on September 27 in New York, United States.

The AHRD is a historic document that seeks to promote the full realization of human dignity and the attainment of a higher quality of life for the Asean people.

The human rights declaration is one of the outcome documents scheduled for adoption by Asean leaders during the upcoming 21st Asean Summit on November 17 to 20 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (DFA/PIA-GHQ)