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The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) will host the AICHR 4th Youth Debate on Human Rights 2017 from the 3rd to the 6th of September 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. This event coincides with the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN. The theme is “50th Anniversary of ASEAN: Forging Ahead Together toward a Sustainable Community”.

The objective of the Youth Debate is to enhance interest and awareness among ASEAN youths concerning key human rights issues in the region, and the relevant legal instruments and institutional frameworks designed to safeguard the rights. The Debate will provide a platform for an exchange of ideas in relation to contemporary human rights challenges. It will also bring together youths from diverse backgrounds in ASEAN.

AICHR Malaysia seeks to select 4 youths – 3 debaters and 1 observer – to represent Malaysia at the Debate. Participation is open to students who are enrolled in tertiary education at undergraduate level (as at 2 August 2017).

We will conduct a two-tiered selection process as follows:

Phase 1

Applicants are required to submit an online application no later than by 7 July 2017. We will then inform the successful applicants by 11 July 2017.

To apply,

Phase 2

Successful applicants will attend a further selection process at the AICHR Malaysia’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Putrajaya on 15 July 2017. The process will consist of two rounds of public speaking – prepared and impromptu. We will then select the four.

We look forward to receiving your applications!


Application closes on 7 July 2017
Results of online application to be released on 11 July
Final selection to be done on 15 July 2017

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 03:25

AICHR Youth Debate on Human Rights 2016

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Date : 22 - 23 September 2016 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 




ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Regional Forum on Media and Human Rights In ASEAN

16 & 17 May 2016, Kuala Lumpur


The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) will organise the “AICHR Regional Forum on Media and Human Rights in ASEAN” at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 16 and 17 May 2016. This Forum is a continuation of the AICHR’s endeavor to reach out to the media practitioners in ASEAN in promoting and protecting human rights in the region.


This Regional Forum will be jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia with the support of National Partners namely the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), and in collaboration with the Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI), Human Rights Facility.


The Regional Forum aims at providing the media with a panoramic understanding and exposure on the professionalism and ethics in reporting as well as on the regional (ASEAN) and international human rights instruments in relation to the work of media practitioners. It also aims at providing an empowering platform for the media practitioners and human rights experts to discuss and exchange views on the challenges and their potential roles in promoting and protecting human rights in ASEAN.


A total of 70 participants from ASEAN member countries are expected to partake in the Regional Forum, including the Representatives of AICHR, representatives of related government agencies of ASEAN Member States, media practitioners, academicians and human rights experts who will share their thoughts and expertise on the development of human rights mechanisms and issues in ASEAN.


The Ministry is of the view that with the knowledge and exposure gained from this Forum, the media – both conventional and the new media – would be able to further contribute in raising the awareness on human rights, including the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), to the different segments of society in the region.




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