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Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:10

List of AICHR Representatives 2013-2015

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List of AICHR Representatives 2009-2012

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Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR (2016-2018)

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Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR

H.E. Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon

The Representatives of the AICHR (a total of 10 Representatives) are selected and appointed by their respective Governments with due consideration to gender equality, integrity and competence in the field of human rights. The AICHR Representatives have a term of office of three years, and may be re-appointed for one more term (three years).

H.E. Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon was appointed by the Government of Malaysia in April 2016.

 

Education:

LL.B. Laws Honours, University College of London, England (Malaysian Scholarship). 

MSt in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford, England (British Chevening Scholarship). 

 

Career: 

2016: Head of Chambers (Civil), AmerBON Advocates, Kuala Lumpur. 

2014-2016: Head of Chambers, BON Advocates, Kuala Lumpur. 

2012-2014: Partner, Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur. 

2011: Co-founder of the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights (MCCHR). 

2010: Co-author of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on “Citizenship, Immigration, National Security & the Police” (Volume 27). 

2009-2011: Chairperson, Constitutional Law Committee, Bar Council. 

2007-2009: Chairperson, Human Rights Committee, Bar Council. 

2006-2011: Elected member, Bar Council, Malaysia. 

2006-2008: Secretariat member, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). 

2006-2008: Chairperson, National Young Lawyers’ Committee, Bar Council. 

2006: Co-founder of blawg (legal blog), www.loyarburok.com. 

2005-2008: Legal Counsel, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

2004-2014: Member, National Human Rights Society (HAKAM). 

2002-2012: Senior Associate, Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur. 

1998-2002: Associate, Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur. 

1998: Advocate and Solicitor, the High Court of Malaya (Admitted to the Bar of Malaya in June 1998). 

1997: Utter Barrister, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (Admitted to the Bar of England & Wales in September 2007). 

1998-2016: More than 50 public interest cases reported in the media and law journals, and more than 800 hours of training and capacity-building programmes conducted locally and regionally. 

 

Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:05

High Level Panel (HLP) on ASEAN Human Rights Body

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List of Members of the High Level Panel on ASEAN Human Rights Body

Brunei Darussalam
H.E. DATO SHOFRY ABDUL GHAFOR
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Cambodia
H.E. MR. OM YENTIENG
Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia
President of the Human Rights Committee of Cambodia

Indonesia
H.E. MR. RACHMAT BUDIMAN
Director of Political, Security and Territorial Treaties
Department of Foreign Affairs

Lao PDR
H.E. MR. BOUNKEUT SANGSOMSAK
Deputy Foreign Minister
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Malaysia
H.E. TAN SRI AHMAD FUZI ABDUL RAZAK
Ambassador at-Large
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Myanmar
H.E. MR. U MYAT KO
Secretary of Myanmar Human Rights Group
Director-General, General Administration Department
Ministry of Home Affairs

The Philippines
H.E. AMBASSADOR ROSARIO G. MANALO
Special Envoy
Department of Foreign Affairs

Singapore
H.E. MR. BILAHARI KAUSIKAN
Second Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Thailand
H.E. MR. SIHASAK PHUANGKETKEOW
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Viet Nam
H.E. MR. PHAM QUANG VINH
Assistant Minister
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:03

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)

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ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)

Article 4.2 of the TOR of the AICHR states that the AICHR is mandated to develop an "ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) with a view to establishing a framework for human rights cooperation through various ASEAN conventions and other instruments dealing with human rights".
In 2011, the AICHR established a Drafting Group to prepare the basic draft of the AHRD. The first progress report was then sent to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the AMM Retreat in January 2012.
Throughout the drafting process, the AICHR consulted and dialogued with representatives from various entities including the ASEAN Sectoral Bodies, national, regional and international civil society organisation (CSOs) and human rights experts.

The AICHR then submitted the first draft of the AHRD was submitted to the 45th AMM in July 2012 followed by second draft in the month of September 2012.The ASEAN Leaders adopted the AHRD on 18 November 2012 and signed the "Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights declaration".

The AHRD reflects ASEAN's commitments to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and other international human rights instruments, to which the ASEAN Member States are parties to.
The AICHR has prioritized the dissemination of AHRD document and the Phnom Penh statement, including raising awareness on their importance and relevance, translating it into national languages of the AMS. These translated documents further been uploaded to the AICHR official website.

 

 

 

Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:02

AICHR

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ASEAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICHR)

Article 14 of the ASEAN Charter states that “in conformity with the purposes and principles of the ASEAN Charter relating to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, ASEAN shall establish an ASEAN human rights body”. On this basis, the High Level Panel on an ASEAN Human Rights Body drafted the Terms of Reference (TOR) of AICHR, which was then adopted by the ASEAN Minister Meeting in July 2009.


On 23 October 2009, the ten AICHR Representatives, representing each of the ASEAN Member States were appointed. AICHR was inaugurated at the 15th ASEAN Summit in Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand. The AICHR is part of the intergovernmental cooperation on human rights and this was reflected in the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on the Inauguration of the AICHR.


The establishment of AICHR demonstrates ASEAN’s commitment to pursue forward-looking strategies to strengthen regional cooperation on human rights. This has been designed to be an integral part of ASEAN organisational structure and an overarching institution with overall responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights in ASEAN.


In term of decision-making, the AICHR adopts consultation and consensus basis. The AICHR engages in dialogues and consultation with entities associated with ASEAN, and also consults national, regional and international institutions and entities concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights. The AICHR holds two regular meetings in a year and additional meetings when required. The AICHR has produced several foundational documents as a framework and basis for its operationalisation. These include;

  •  AICHR Five Year Plan 2010-2015 and its indicative budget;
  • AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities with its respective annual budget;
  • Guidelines on the Operations of the AICHR (also known as the Guidelines of the AICHR);
  • Rules of Procedure of the AICHR Fund (also known as the ROP of the AICHR Fund);
  • Guidelines on the Budget Standardisation; and
  • Guidelines on the AICHR Website’s Editorial Board

 

Mandates and Functions of AICHR

The TOR of AICHR lists out fourteen (14) mandates of the AICHR. These include;

  1. To develop strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms to complement the building of the ASEAN Community;
  2. To develop an ASEAN Human Rights Declaration with a view to establishing a framework for human rights cooperation through various ASEAN conventions and other instruments dealing with human rights;
  3. To enhance public awareness of human rights among the peoples of ASEAN through education, research and dissemination of information;
  4. To promote capacity building for the effective implementation of international human rights treaty obligations undertaken by ASEAN Member States;
  5. To encourage ASEAN Member States to consider acceding to and ratifying international human rights instruments;
  6. To promote the full implementation of ASEAN instruments related to human rights;
  7. To provide advisory services and technical assistance on human rights matters to ASEAN sectoral bodies upon request;
  8. To engage in dialogue and consultation with other ASEAN bodies and entities associated with ASEAN, including civil society organisations and other stakeholders, as provided for in Chapter V of the ASEAN Charter;
  9. To consult, as may be appropriate, with other national, regional and international institutions and entities concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights;
  10. To obtain information from ASEAN Member States on the promotion and protection of human rights;
  11. To develop common approaches and positions on human rights matters of interest to ASEAN;
  12. To prepare studies on thematic issues of human rights in ASEAN;
  13. To submit an annual report on its activities, or other reports if deemed necessary, to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting; and
  14. To perform any other tasks as may be assigned to it by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting.

 

Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:02

ASEAN

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ASEAN

ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967, through the signing of the Bangkok Declaration (ASEAN Declaration) by the five founding members of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Later in 1984, Brunei Darussalam be part of this regional family followed by Vietnam (1995), Lao PDR and Myanmar (1997) as well as Cambodia (1999). This has raised the number of ASEAN Member States to 10 countries.

The purposes of ASEAN, as stated in the ASEAN Charter, include among others;

  • To maintain and enhance peace, security and stability and further strengthen peace-oriented values in the region;
  • To enhance regional resilience by promoting greater political, security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation;
  • To ensure that the peoples and Member States of ASEAN live in peace with the world at large in a just, democratic and harmonious environment;
  • To alleviate poverty and narrow the development gap within ASEAN through mutual assistance and cooperation;
  • To strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, with due regards to the rights and responsibilities of the Member State of ASEAN;
  • To develop human resources through closer cooperation in education and life-long learning, and in science and technology, for the empowerment of the peoples of ASEAN and for the strengthening of the ASEAN Community;
  • To enhance the well-being and livelihood of the peoples of ASEAN by providing them with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice;
  • To promote a people-oriented ASEAN in which all sectors of society are encouraged to participate in, and benefit from, the process of ASEAN integration and community building; and
  • To promote an ASEAN identity through the fostering of greater awareness of the diverse culture and heritage of the region.

 

The ASEAN Charter came into effect in 2008 and has therefore provided legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN. Codifying ASEAN norms, rules and values, the Charter also ensures accountability and compliance and sets clear targets for ASEAN.

ASEAN has committed itself to establish an ASEAN Community by 2015, and has adopted a Roadmap towards the ASEAN Community 2015. This Community will be supported by the three Community Pillars, along with their respective Blueprints. They are; the ASEAN political-Security Community (APSC) Blueprint, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint. Each community has its own Community Council which coordinates the work of the different sectors under the Community Pillars.

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