Monday, April 9, 2012

Civil Society Demands Transparency and Consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration


Media advisory  
Civil Society Demands Transparency and Consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
8th April 2012 

In a joint statement released today, over 100 civil society organizations and networks across the ASEAN region have called for the release of the draft ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the initiation of meaningful public consultations on its content. The Declaration is being drafted by the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), which is meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 9-11, 2012.

The draft has been in development for nearly a year, but has not yet been released to the public. 

Civil society has been largely excluded from the drafting process as well. Only the AICHR representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand have solicited input from civil society on the historic Declaration. Meanwhile, civil society organizations that have submitted recommendations on the Declaration have received no official response from the AICHR. 

“The peoples of ASEAN, whose human rights the Declaration is supposed to uphold, are being left in the dark,” said Yap Swee Seng, the Executive Director of Bangkok based Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) .  “They are not being given any meaningful way to ensure that their concerns are presented, received and reflected in the Declaration. 

“This threatens to fundamentally undermine the legitimacy of the Declaration.”

The joint statement also calls upon AICHR to implement specific steps to ensure that the process of drafting the Declaration will be credible, inclusive, transparent, reflective and consistent with universal human rights standards. These steps include the immediate release of the draft, public consultations, and the translation of the draft into national and local languages.

“Consultations without a draft of the AHRD at hand are meaningless, and a Declaration adopted without meaningful and broad-based consultations will not be legitimate,” said Dr.  Pung Chhiv Kek, President of  LICADHO  “ASEAN and AICHR risk making themselves an outcast among regional organizations if they ignore civil society and impose a Declaration drafted without public input.”

The joint statement has so far been endorsed by over 100 organizations and networks representing a wide range of sectors in ASEAN member states, including youth organizations, women’s organizations, child rights organizations, LGBT organizations, migrant workers network organizations, labour unions, farmers organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, development organizations and some academic institutions.

The AHRD is widely predicted to be adopted at the 44th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in July in Phnom Penh. “The AICHR should postpone its submission of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration to the AMM in July if no meaningful public consultations were held in the finalization of this document,” said Haris Azhar, coordinator of the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence of Indonesia (Kontras).      

Media contact persons for English: 

Yap Swee Seng , Executive Director, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), +66 (0) 818689178
Aung Myo Min, Director and Founder, Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB), + 66 (0) 819925293 
Dr.  Pung Chhiv Kek, President, Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), + 855 (0) 12589091 

Mr. Haris Azhar, Coordinator, Kontras, Indonesia, + 62 (0) 815-13302342

Media contact persons for other languages: 

Name of contact persons 
Country 
Organizations 
Mobile phone 

Emails 
Mr. Aung Myo Min 
Burma/Myanmar

Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) 
+ 66 (0)8199 25 293


Ms. Khin Ohmar 

Burma/Myanmar 
Burma Partnership 
+66 (0) 8188 40772 

Mr. Ou Virak 
Cambodia
Cambodian Center for Human Rights 
+ 855 (0) 12404051

ouvirak@cchrcambodia.org
Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek

Cambodia 
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) 
+ 855 (0) 12589091
president@licadho-cambodia.org
Mr. Haris Azhar 
Indonesia 
Kontras 
+ 62 (0) 815-13302342

Mr. Ryan Silverio 
Philippines 
Child Rights Coalition-Asia 
+ 63 (0) 917 8797710 

Mr. Tan Kong Soon 
Singapore 
Think Centre-Singapore 
+ 65 (0) 91 077 905 

Ms. Sirada Khemanittathai 
Thailand 
People’s Empowerment Foundation 
+ 66 (0) 89696 6286 

Ms. An Phong 
Viet Nam 
Boat People SOS 
+66 (0) 80 118 4729 or 0801 184 729 



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