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Jakarta Post

NGOs raise missing rights in ASEAN draft

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 28 2012   /  09:20 am

Following mounting pressure from activists on the lack of transparency, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) members met with the region’s civil society groups in Kuala Lumpur last week, to discuss the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).

 The meeting went very well, according to activists, but worries over a weak draft that might provide poor human rights protection continued, as commission representatives did not share the draft declaration. However, the Commission members said the region’s foreign ministers had asked to review the draft first, according to Yuyun Wahyuningrum of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG).

Human rights defenders have repeated concerns that the AHRD should not result in a document that is below the standards and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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