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Jakarta Post

ASEAN human rights declaration fails to impress UNHRC

  • Yohanna Ririhena and Margareth Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 14 2012   /  11:15 am

The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Navanethem Pillay has called on ASEAN leaders to suspend the adoption of the first-ever human rights declaration.

Pillay has suggested ASEAN undertakes a broader public consultation and review the content as the draft falls short of universal values.

The UN rights chief criticized the lack of transparency during the drafting process.

“I must say that I am surprised and disappointed that the draft declaration has not been made public. And that civil society has not been consulted over the drafting of the document,” Pillay told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

The draft of the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights (ADHR), a momentous step in the association’s 45-year-old history is expected to be adopted during the ASEAN Summit, which is being held from Nov. 18-20 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Preparing the de...