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36th Meeting of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia is hosting the 36th ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Meeting at the ASEAN Building in Jakarta. The meeting opened on February 27 and will conclude on March 3, 2023, to discuss recent developments and initiatives regarding human rights issues in the region.

The 36th AICHR meeting was chaired by Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Indonesia’s AICHR Representative and Chair of AICHR 2023, following Indonesia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN this year. Ten AICHR Representatives/Vice Representatives from all ASEAN countries attended the meeting.

The five-day meeting is a routine agenda of AICHR to discuss and set decisions in AICHR related to matters of ASEAN countries’ shared interest in human rights.

In the 36th Meeting of AICHR, Indonesia proposed the establishment of the ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue 2023 as an open and transparent dialogue platform discussing human rights issues in the region.

Indonesia also proposed other initiatives, including consultations on best practices in creating a fair working environment for migrant workers, victim-based protection in countering radicalism and extremism, and workshops on using referral systems for human trafficking and violence against women and children in ASEAN.

AICHR also held interface meetings with several sectors, namely the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the ASEAN Committee to Implement the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW), the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW), the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR), as well as dialogue partners of the European Union and Australia.

At the Indonesian Government’s invitation, AICHR representatives will also have the opportunity to conduct a Country Learning Visit on March 2, 2023, to closely see the Bogor City Government’s accomplishment in encouraging the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.

Source : Kemlu