ASEAN Working to Promote Human Rights
|Delegates at the 5th ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue in Jakarta, Indonesia.|
The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has recently held the 5th ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue in Jakarta, Indonesia, two months after the adoption of the ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on the ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue during the 43rd ASEAN Summit, VietnamPlus reported.
The November 6 event attracted the participation of representatives of the ASEAN member states (AMS), AICHR, the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from some AMS, and invited stakeholders including the civil society organizations (CSOs) having a consultative relationship with AICHR, and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Speaking at the opening session, Indonesia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi underscored that the ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue signified an important milestone in the ASEAN human rights framework. The convening of the dialogue marked a significant development in advancing a culture of openness to develop a deeper understanding of human rights issues and challenges in ASEAN and promote inclusivity by ensuring the participation of different stakeholders.
Furthermore, the human rights dialogue helps bridge differences, build understanding, and forge a path toward meaningful change, he said.
Participants at the dialogue exchanged best practices to promote and protect human rights and ways to overcome challenges to implement the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).
They also shared experience on the accession and implementation of the international human rights conventions by the AMS including reporting requirements and follow-ups on recommendations, as well as their participation in the Universal Periodic Review process.
The dialogue also included thematic discussions on the issues of freedom of religion and belief, protection of journalists, the rights of migrant workers, the rights of women, children, and persons with disabilities, gender balance and equality, business, and human rights, human rights past abuses, death penalty, the environment and climate change, online sexual violence against children, disinformation and misinformation, and sustainable development goals.
In commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the AHRD on November 18, 2023, and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 2023, the participants reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights in the region in line with the AHRD and UDHR./.
The ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on the ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue reiterated ASEAN Member States’ commitment to adhere to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and ASEAN’s principle of respect for fundamental freedoms, the promotion and protection of human rights, and the promotion of social justice.
The ASEAN countries recognized the respect for international human rights principles, including universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as impartiality, objectivity, non-selectivity, non-discrimination, and avoidance of double standards and politicization.
They acknowledged the realisation of human rights must be considered in the regional and national context bearing in mind different political, economic, legal, social, cultural, historical, and religious backgrounds; and that the increasing interconnectedness of multi-faceted global challenges and developments may adversely impact on the full enjoyment of human rights.
The countries also reaffirmed that the promotion and protection of human rights should be based on the principles of cooperation and genuine dialogue and aimed at strengthening the capacity of ASEAN Member States to respect, protect, and fulfill their human rights obligations and improve human rights situation in the region for the benefit of the peoples in ASEAN.
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