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Abbott Urged to Focus on Asia Human Rights

Sydney - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said it was concerned Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott failed to discuss rights with Asian leaders, saying he shouldn't give them a "free pass" on the issue. In a letter to the new conservative leader, the group said Australia could make a significant...

The Representative of Singapore to the AICHR at the Model ASEAN Plus Summit 2013

As Guest-of Honour at Dunman High School’s Model ASEAN Plus Summit 2013 on 5 June 2013, Singapore’s Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Ambassador Chan Heng Chee delivered a keynote speech to an audience which included international and local students.  This is part of Singapore’s...

Efforts toward the abolition of death penalty in South East Asia welcomed

Prominent international experts and representatives from several governments have joined a Bangkok seminar on moving away from the death penalty in South East Asia. The seminar was held on Tuesday and Wednesday by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in cooperation with the Thai Justice Ministry. Apart...

Presentation and discussion on human rights obligations and commitments of Lao PDR with local NPAs

The Representative of Lao PDR to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Mr. Phoukhong Sisoulath, gave a presentation on the country’s human rights obligations and commitments at a workshop on ASEAN for up to 100 representatives of civil society organizations, locally called as non-profits associations (NPAs), which...

Singapore’s Representative to the AICHR at the 2013 Centre for International Law (CIL) Fireside Chat Series: ASEAN and Human Rights

Singapore’s Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Ambassador Chan Heng Chee was among four distinguished panelists who gave their views on the topic “ASEAN and Human Rights” at the penultimate session of the 2013 Centre for International Law (CIL) Fireside Chat Series on 11 October...

ASEAN: Lost In the Lack Of Translation – Analysis

By Felix Sharief* Coinciding with the 46th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), along with ASEAN Country Permanent Representatives (CPRs), convened a joint event in late August focused on the strengthening of ASEAN Community building through the implementation of...

ASEAN Leaders to intensify efforts towards ASEAN Community 2015

JAKARTA, Oct. 18 -- At the heels of the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Nyan Lynn, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN told members of the diplomatic community that "the Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to intensify efforts towards realizing the ASEAN Community 2015." In a statement, Lynn spoke on...

Dissemination/Training on Human Rights and ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) to Selected High School Students and Selected Government Officials

Throughout the 2012 and 2013, the Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has been carrying out short training program to disseminate human rights and ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) awareness to selected government officials and high school students. This training is also held in cooperation with local academic institutions and...

Voluntary Competition on Understanding of Human Rights for High School Students in Cambodia

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) partnered with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS), Cambodian Mekong University (CMU), and Cambodia-ASEAN Centre for Human Rights Development to organise the 2013 Voluntary Competition on Understanding of Human Rights for High School Students in Cambodia. This event is a year-long...

Shaping Human Rights Policy in ASEAN

Bandar Seri Begawan: A group of civil society organisations, think-tanks and government representatives gathered in Jakarta from October 31 to November 3 for a back-to-back programme to discuss on human rights issues pertaining to the Asean region. Representing Brunei Darussalam were Hj Awang Hasbollah bin Haji Awang Damit, Vice-President III...