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Mandate Meets Strategy: AICHR’s TOR and the Incheon Strategy

The terms of reference for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) are undergoing a scheduled five year review and possible revision. Established ASEAN norms of consensus decision making and non-interference in the internal affairs of member states have limited the mandate of the region’s overarching human rights body; however, AICHR has also been criticized by civil society for not doing enough within these narrow boundaries. Vietnam’s recent ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) leaves Brunei as the only ASEAN member state that has yet to ratify the convention. The rights of persons with disabilities are thus a key area of emerging consensus within ASEAN, and, as such, offer a unique area of opportunity for AICHR to more fully apply its mandate.

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Source: The Human Rights in ASEAN
When: 25/2/2015

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