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How to overcome flaws in ASEAN rights body

  • Dinna Wisnu
    Dinna Wisnu

    Indonesian representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 31, 2019   /  01:18 pm
How to overcome flaws in ASEAN rights body Mastering the blueprint and the inner workings of ASEAN policy-making in each member state helps human rights dialogue progress. (Shutterstock/garagestoc)

November 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the ASEAN human rights body. At the beginning of 2019, this body welcomed a new batch of AICHR representatives. Seven of the 10 representatives were new. They comprised a member of the Human Rights Working Group, a lawyer, three academics (including two professors) and two former ambassadors. The three from the earlier term comprised a former ambassador, a former minister and a high-ranking official from a national human rights committee. They sound like a great set of representatives to carry the torch of human rights activism in ASEAN. But we have barely heard them speak up about human rights this year. NGOs and academics who used to participate in AICHR activities have complained about not being included anymore. What is going on? Some point to the challenge of generati...

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