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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.




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