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Jakarta Post

ASEAN leaders adopt lame-duck rights declaration

  • Novan Iman Santosa and Yohanna Ririhena

    The Jakarta Post

Phnom Penh   /   Mon, November 19 2012   /  09:39 am

Pledging to promote and protect human rights along with democracy, rule of law and good governance, 10 ASEAN leaders adopted the first human rights declaration in the region amid criticism that it falls short of international principles.

“The adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration [AHRD] at the 21st ASEAN Summit will further
promote peace, security, reconciliation and the protection of human rights in the region,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Sunday.

Preparing the declaration was one of the key mandates of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), which was established in 2009.

ASEAN Secretary–General Surin Pitsuwan declared that the association would pursue the highest standards expressed in various instruments and declarations by the international community.