AICHR submitted its first annual report to the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN. The Report is not public.
The Drafting Group was officially formed and met AICHR for the first time. AICHR briefed the drafting group on the Declaration's content, stating that: the Declaration should consider national and regional specificities; respect the differences in political background, history, culture, religion of the ASEAN Member States; balance rights and obligations; ensure a balance between collective rights and individual rights; and that the Declaration should be viewed as a non-binding, aspirational political document.
There were debates among the AICHR Representatives during this meeting. Some argued that the ASEAN Member States have different political systems and suggested that the Declaration should focus more on ASEAN cooperation, while other Representative wanted the Declaration to constitute a bill of rights. Despite the differences, AICHR approved the outline/framework document that the Drafting Group would work on from July 2011 to December 2011.
AICHR discussed its Annual Budget, Five-Year Work Plan, its Annual Report to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting, and several proposed activities. AICHR also met with the following Stakeholder: The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
ACWC discussed its 5-year work plan is currently, finalized its Rules of Procedures for the Commission has been finalised. ACWC met with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) to update them on ACWC's work. The issue of mechanisms for ACWC to engage with civil society was also discussed.
All ten members of AICHR conducted a Study Tour to Europe to learn more about the European experience in the promotion and protection of human rights at the regional level. The visit included meetings with European Union institutions, civil society organizations, the Strasbourg Human Rights Court, the Council of Europe, the EU Fundamental
Rights Agency, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the EU Delegation in Vienna's
Committee on Democracy and Human Rights.
ACMW discussed: regulations aimed at protecting the rights of migrant workers, the development of protocols to provide migrant workers with education and training before their overseas placement, protection of migrant workers employed outside ASEAN, establishment of cooperation with bodies dealing with transnational crimes and development of ways to scrap the dispatch of underage migrant workers abroad.
Mdm. Kanda Vajrabhaya (Thailand) and Mr. Ahmad Taufan Damanik (Indonesia) were elected as the ACWC Chair and Vice-Chair. ACWC identified a number of thematic areas it would focus upon during its first five years: Elimination of violence against women and children; trafficking in women and children; women and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS; social impact of climate change on women and children; promotion and protection of the rights of women and children with disabilities; ASEAN and other instruments related to the rights of women and children; child protection system: integrative/comprehensive approach for children in need for social protection; the right to quality education, including Early Childhood Care, Development and Education (ECCDE); the right of children to participate in all affairs that affect them; women participation in politics and decision making, governance and democracy; strengthening economic rights of women with regards to feminization of poverty, women's right to land and property; promoting implementation of international, gender equality in education (textbook, curriculum, and equal access); strengthening institutional capacities of ACWC; and promotion of consultation and dialogue with stakeholders at national and regional levels.
AICHR's press release stated that, during the meeting, it had adopted its rules of procedure, now called the 'Guidelines of Operations'. Due to the objectives of some Representatives over the Guidelines, they were not finally adopted until March 2012. AICHR also discussed the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration Drafting Group. In addition, the Meeting considered the draft Terms of Reference of the thematic studies on CSR and Human Rights and Migration, and invitations to meet from some ASEAN Dialogue Partners and ASEAN Sectoral Bodies. AICHR also noted the proposed AICHR-UNHCR Workshop on Statelessness and the Rights of Women and Children, and a concept paper on the best practices to promote and protect maternal health in ASEAN Member States. At the invitation of AICHR, H.E. Ngurah Swajaya, the Chairperson of the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representative (CPR) attended the meeting and had a substantive dialogue with AICHR under the agenda of Engagement with ASEAN Organs and Sectoral bodies and other entities associated with ASEAN. It was agreed that AICHR and CPR will enhance their cooperation especially in facilitating human rights cooperation with ASEAN Dialogue Partners. At the meeting, AICHR also met with H.E. Bagus Hapsoro, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, to discuss Secretariat support to AICHR. Ambassador Hapsoro leads the ASEAN Secretariat team of 2 that provides support services to AICHR.