PHUKET, 19 June 2017 – The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its Special Meeting on 17-18 June in Phuket, Thailand. It was chaired by Leo Herrera-Lim, Representative of the Philippines to the AICHR.

As part of the preparations to meet with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in August 2017, the Special Meeting discussed the AICHR Annual Report 2017 and the Statement of the Chair of the AICHR to the AMM.

The meeting reviewed the status of implementation of the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities for 2017. Participants were updated on the ongoing preparations of AICHR commemorative activities, namely the publishing of ASEAN 50th Anniversary Edition of the AICHR: What You Need to Know booklet and the development of its video.

The first interface between the AICHR and ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting was also conducted where both bodies exchanged information on their work and discussed potential cooperation.

The participants expressed its appreciation to the Government of Thailand for the excellent arrangements of the meeting. The AICHR will convene its next meeting in August 2017 in the Philippines.