The process of selecting Indonesia’s representative to the regional human rights body is ongoing. Unfortunately, many will roll their eyes at the mere mention of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). The commission has, often rightly, been criticized for being ineffective and unable to stand up to governments. But the AICHR has actually had more impact than it has been given credit for, often due to behind-the-scenes work of its representatives. Indonesia should seize this important moment not to just reflect on its role in ASEAN cooperation on human rights, but also to ensure that it selects a representative that can genuinely advance its rights agenda across the region.
Indonesia has been among those progressive ASEAN member states that have contributed to increasing regional acceptance of human rights and their incorporation into th...
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