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A BI-ANNUAL PUBLICATION OF THE WORKING GROUP FOR AN ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISM
Working Group, Indonesian MFA host workshop on ASEAN Community Blueprints
The participants from governments and civil society organizations agreed that ASEAN must recognize that the three communities — Political Security, Economic and Socio-Cultural — are interdependent and interrelated, and that human rights issues cut across these three pillars of the ASEAN Community. The workshop was attended by more than 70 participants representing the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the national human rights institutions of Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand; the ASEAN Secretariat, civil society organizations from around the region, and observers from the United Nations, local embassies and other international partners. Guided by updates from the different divisions of the ASEAN Secretariat, the participants discussed the progress in the implementation of the Community Blueprints by ASEAN and its member states, and how such implementation impacts on the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.
In welcoming the participants on behalf of ASEAN SecretaryGeneral H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Dr. A.K.P. Mochtan, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs, underscored the “importance of this dialogue on human rights, considering that ASEAN is already looking at developing the successor plan to the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015.” This was supported by Mr. Jose Tavares, Director of Political Security for ASEAN Cooperation of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs who said, “The ASEAN Community Blueprints are essential in providing a roadmap for the establishment of an integrated society, and that it is also important to consider the ASEAN Community Blueprints in setting the way forward in the human rights agenda in the region.” He pointed out that the action lines in the Political Security Blueprint related to the promotion and protection of human rights
are “not mere norm-setting or mechanism set-up, but actual expressions of commitment and political will to promote and protect human rights in the region.” One of the recommendations of the participants is the establishment of a mechanism to ensure the consistency, synchronization and assessment of national and regional development goals and strategies across the three community pillars. The participants agreed on the importance of further analyzing the ASEAN Community Blueprints and how they impact on the human rights of the ASEAN peoples. Specifically, they recommended to the ASEAN Economic Community Council to consider safeguard measures that respond to potential negative impacts of the Economic Blueprint on human rights, the environment, and communities.
the protection mandate of the ASEAN human rights bodies; discuss and include in the programs of AICHR and ACWC the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups; and a study on how Environment, as a cross-cutting issue which needs to be seen from the development, justice and human rights perspectives, can be a possible separate pillar within the ASEAN Community. The Workshop on the Human Rights Implications of the ASEAN Community Blueprints was a follow-up to a previous dialogue on the ASEAN Community Blueprints held in Luang Prabang, Lao P.D.R. in February 2011. The Workshop was held with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and UN Women.
Other recommendations that require urgent attention are: a review of the ASEAN Charter to make it more human rights-based and people-oriented; strengthen
Workshop participants at the ASEAN Secretariat. (Inset: some of the speakers and reactors are DSG Mochtan, Mme. Eva Kusuma Sundari, Ms. Yuyun Wahyuningrum and Sen. Wigberto Tañada)
he human rights implications of the ASEAN Community Blueprints were tackled at a workshop organized by the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta on 12-13 November 2013.
The ASEAN Human Rights Herald first of its bi-annual issue this 2014. Published by the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. ht...