25 Feb '12, 3am

Human rights in ASEAN

By Sol Iglesias The Nation/Asia News Network Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 BANGKOK - On Feb 18 in Jakarta, the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) concluded its second deliberation over the long-anticipated Asean Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). Since the drafting process began last July, a number of analysts and activists have criticised the lack of transparency in the process. Consultation with civil society organisations has been limited to national discussions in some countries. However, meaningful consultations require information, and the AICHR is encouraged to release an official draft as soon as possible. Speculation over an early draft leaked online will otherwise continue to be counter-productive for all parties concerned. In a promising development, the AICHR committed will be organising two regional consultations on the AHRD in the coming month...

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