Press Release of the outcome of the 35th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its 35th Meeting of AICHR on 21-22 June 2022 via videoconference. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Keo Remy. Representative of Cambodia to AICHR, and was attended by the Representatives/Alternate Representatives of AICHR, and the ASEAN Secretariat.
The Meeting was updated on recent developments and initiatives on human rights in some ASEAN Member States by the Representatives of Indonesia and the Philippines respectively.
The Meeting deliberated the Annual Report of AICHR 2022, AICHR’s Statement to the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities of 2023 in preparation for the annual interface meeting between the ASEAN Foreign Ministers and AICHR Representatives to be held in August 2022. Progress on the preparation and implementation of AICHR programmes and activities was discussed which covered the areas of environmental rights, business and human rights, right to health, trafficking in persons, the rights of the child and the ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue 2022. AICHR also discussed Strategies to Implement the AICHR Five-Year Work Plan 2021-2025 and the recommendations from the Regional Dialogue: Self-Assessment of AICHR Progress After 10 Years.
At this Meeting, AICHR held its annual interface with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) which focused its discussion on strengthening the cooperation of the two bodies. AICHR also met with the Southeast Asia National Human Rights Institutions Forum (SEANF) to explore further cooperation on thematic issues and joint activities of mutual interests. AICHR discussed the plan to hold the 4th ASEAN-EU Policy Dialogue on Human Rights in 2022.
The Meeting expressed its appreciation to AICHR Cambodia for the excellent arrangements of the meeting.