ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

On October 23rd, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officially inaugurated the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. The Terms of Reference that are the by-laws for the commission can be found at: http://www.aseansec.org/DOC-TOR-AHRB.pdf

Excerpts from the Terms of Reference:

PURPOSES

1.4 To promote human rights within the regional context, bearing in

mind national and regional particularities and mutual respect for

different historical, cultural and religious backgrounds, and taking

into account the balance between rights and responsibilities;

MANDATE AND FUNCTIONS

4.2. To develop an ASEAN Human Rights Declaration with a view to

establishing a framework for human rights cooperation through

various ASEAN conventions and other instruments dealing with

human rights;

MODALITIES

6.8 The AICHR is the overarching human rights institution in ASEAN

with overall responsibility for the promotion and protection of

human rights in ASEAN.

Additional information available at 

CHA-AM HUA HIN DECLARATION ON THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

http://www.aseansec.org/15thsummit/Declaration-AICHR.pdf