Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has succumbed to the “flawed” draft of the first human rights declaration for Southeast Asian states, citing the diverse system of states in the region as a significant factor that hindered efforts to reach a “perfect” document.
“State interests of each nation are also different from one to another. Hence, a document that must be reached via consensus will never please all parties,” Marty told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
State representatives grouped under the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) are finalizing the final draft of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).
The draft is subject to the scrutiny of ASEAN foreign ministers who will then give it to ASEAN heads of state for endorsement at the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in November.
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