As a preparatory step for the thematic study, AICHR conducted a workshop to share ideas and exchange experiences among experts from national, regional and international experts on the Right to Peace.
The Senior Officials Meeting considered the draft ASEAN human rights convention and removed the right to freedom of association (Article 24 of the September 2012 Draft) and added a paragraph to the preamble affirming efforts to advance women and eliminate violence against women.
The 5th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour was themed, Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers: Towards Effective Recruitment Practices and Regulations . Attended by Representatives of the governments, employers and workers organisations, and civil society organisations of ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Women, and the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TFAMW), the Forum made recommendations on the implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Migrant Worker Rights.
Attended by civil society and government representatives. The Indonesian Representative outlined AICHR work to date, discussed the challenges posed by the different member states' understandings and willingness to commit to human rights, and answered questions regarding the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration.
AICHR discussed among other things: the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities for 2013, including the AICHR budget, 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.
AICHR discussed and considered the inputs received from CSOs to further refine the draft AHRD. AICHR also met with Regional Experts from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand to seek their views and inputs on the AHRD. AICHR will submit an improved draft AHRD for the consideration of the Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (IAMM), end of September in New York, USA. Prior to the consultation, Civil Society Organizations met and drafted an article by article submission on the June version of the draft Declaration.
AICHR concluded the formulation of the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities for 2013 with its indicative annual budget and the concept papers as well as budget on the two trainings that will be implemented by the Representative of Thailand.
AICHR discussed the inputs from the ASEAN Sectoral Bodies for the further improvement of the draft AHRD before submission to the Foreign Ministers at the Informal AMM (IAMM) at the end of September 2012.
The Indonesia Representative to AICHR shared the major points of the AHRD draft with Indonesian CSOs. The latest copy of the Draft Declaration was not made available to CSOs. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the selection process for the Indonesia representative to AICHR for the period 2012-2015.
The Cambodia Representative to AICHR shared major points in AHRD draft with Cambodian CSOs. The latest copy of the Draft Declaration was not made available to CSOs.
The concept papers (implementation plans) of 12 projects were discussed. During the meeting ACWC met with:
- Child representatives from ASEAN Member States who shared the outcomes of the 2nd ASEAN Children's Forum held in June 2012, Singapore
- 39 national and regional civil society organisations (CSOs) to solicit their views on ACWC's draft declaration on Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children
- H.E. David Carden, the U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN to discuss how the U.S. could support ACWC activities
ACWC also visited shelters for women and children victims of violence in Jakarta.