The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has convened their Tenth Meeting on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the 10th regular Meeting of AICHR, from 21 to 24 September 2012 in Siem Reap, the Kingdom of Cambodia. The meetings were chaired by H.E. Dr. Om Yentieng, Senior Minister and President of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC), the Representative of Cambodia and Chair of AICHR.
At their Tenth Meeting on the AHRD, AICHR drafted the Proposed Statement of the ASEAN Leaders on the Adoption of the AHRD. The Statement will be submitted to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers for their consideration in preparation for the expected adoption of the AHRD by the ASEAN Leaders during the 21st ASEAN Summit in November 2012.
At their 10th regular Meeting, AICHR discussed among other things the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities for 2013, including their budget details, as well as the proposed Guidelines for AICHR’s Engagement with civil society groups. AICHR finalized the content of their regional website and booklet, which will be launched in conjunction with their third anniversary on 23 October 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
These Meetings are the last regular meetings of AICHR in the year 2012 under the Chairmanship of the Representative of Cambodia before it will be handed over to Brunei Darussalam whose Chairmanship will start in January 2013.
The AICHR Representatives expressed their high appreciation to the Representative of Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Om Yentieng and his Alternate Representative, H.E. Dr. Chet Chealy, for their leadership, hard work and commitment as the Chair of AICHR and the tremendous support and warm hospitality from the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia given to the delegations.