The Fifth ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Meeting was held from 25 – 29 April 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This Meeting was the second meeting of AICHR in 2011 Chaired by the Indonesian Representative, Chair of AICHR.
The Meeting welcomed the opening remarks delivered by H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN. He underscored the role of AICHR and its significant contribution towards the achievement of an ASEAN Community in 2015. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, which will be a roadmap for the regional human rights development.
The Meeting had discussed and adopted the Terms of Reference of AICHR’s Drafting Group for the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, Rules of Procedure for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights’ (AICHR) Fund and the terms of reference of the thematic study of baseline study on Corporate Social Responsibilities and Human Rights in ASEAN. Furthermore, AICHR had discussed and reached agreement on key elements of the Five-Year Work Plan 2012-2015 and the terms of reference for the thematic studies on Migration. The Meeting also discussed the preparation for the publication of a booklet on AICHR.
During the course of the AICHR Meeting, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia/Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, received the AICHR Representatives. They had a substantial discussion on the work of AICHR and the human rights developments and challenges in ASEAN.
AICHR also met and exchanged views with the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on their closer cooperation and coordination.
The Meeting agreed that the Sixth ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Meeting will be held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28 June – 2 July 2011.