CANBERRA, 7 December 2017 – The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) went on a study visit in Sydney and Canberra, Australia, on 4-7 December 2017. Mr Leo M. Herrera-Lim, Philippine Representative to AICHR and Chair of AICHR in 2017, led the delegations.

One of the key highlights of AICHR’s visit was a call on Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP. During the visit, AICHR had an interface with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Commissioners and senior executives, led by its President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher. AICHR also met with the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, the different Australian governmental departments that deal directly with gender equality in the workplace, people smuggling and human trafficking.

AICHR delegates were  briefed on the Australian High Court and the priorities of Australia in the Human Rights Council when it starts its term next year.  AICHR also met with the Asia Pacific Forum, Disabled Peoples Organizations Australia, civil society groups and lawyers’ groups.

On the last day of the visit, AICHR went to the Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education Training Centre.

The visit fostered closer relations between AHRC and AICHR and built upon the engaging interface AICHR had with Australian Ambassador to ASEAN Jane Duke and AHRC Commissioner Ed Santow in May 2017.

The visit was organised by the AHRC and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.