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Press Release โ€“ Book Launch and Panel Discussion on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the ASEAN Community Building

In conjunction with the Celebration of the 46th ASEAN Day at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), in partnership with the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), held a joint event themed โ€œContributing to the ASEAN Community Building through the Implementation of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)โ€. The event saw the launch of the โ€œASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and the Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the AHRD, and its Translationsโ€ book. The book compiles the translations of the AHRD and the Phnom Penh Statement into the national languages of the ASEAN Member States. The book launch was followed by a panel discussion on the AHRD and the ASEAN community building by 2015.

The Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, stated in his remarks that the AHRD emulates the essence of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and several international human rights instruments, yet it is also uniquely ASEAN. The ability of ASEAN, through the AICHR, to produce the AHRD demonstrates not only its strong commitment to human rights but also its power to unite countries and peoples of rich diversity characterising the nature of the ASEAN Charter.

H.E. Pehin Dato Dr. Awang Hj. Ahmad bin Hj. Jumat, the Representative of Brunei Darussalam and the Chair of the AICHR, expressed that the AICHR is now ready to implement and put into practice the ideals and objectives of the AHRD and the Phnom Penh Statement. Although the Governments of the ASEAN Member States are considered the principal duty bearers in the promotion and protection of human rights, the implementation of the AHRD is a huge and challenging task that governments cannot do by themselves, therefore it is a collective responsibility of all ASEAN stakeholders to implement the AHRD.

The Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam and the Chair of the CPR, H.E. Emaleen Abdul Rahman Teo, supported this in her remarks by saying that to achieve the ASEAN Community, there is a need to enhance the awareness and participation of the public and other sectors in ASEAN and its Community Building activities including its awareness and understanding of the ASEAN human rights instruments and mechanisms. This would include regular exchange of ideas among stakeholders and partners and dissemination of information on ASEAN Community Building and the AHRD and other human rights instruments to the wider ASEAN audience. Mainstreaming human rights in the implementation of the respective blueprints of ASEAN will help to ensure a strengthened caring society which seeks peace and harmony.

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When: 03/9/2013

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