Guidelines On ASEAN's Relations with Civil Society Organisations

1. A civil society organisation (hereinafter referred to as โ€œCSOโ€) that is a non-profit making association of ASEAN persons, natural or juridical, organised to promote, strengthen and help realise the aims and objectives of ASEAN cooperation in the political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, medical and technological fields, may be affiliated to ASEAN.

2. For the purpose of the guidelines, such organisations or associations perform functions and activities that are governmental or quasi-governmental in nature but they are not part of the formal structure of ASEAN.

3. It shall be normal for a CSO to establish a working link with an ASEAN body through the ASEAN Secretariat. Basically, the working link shall allow the CSOs to submit written statements to include proposals or positions and other recommendations.

4. ASEAN bodies may, if need be, formulate additional rules on the linkage peculiar to their respective needs and practices. These additional rules should be subject to the approval of the ASEAN Standing Committee.

5. The main objectives of affiliation are:

6. All applications for CSO affiliation shall be submitted to the Secretary-General of ASEAN. If the ASEAN Secretariat considers the application in conformity with the Guidelines, it shall be referred to the appropriate link body, or when an appropriate link body cannot be identified, the ASEAN National Secretariats, for their views. After four months, unless there is an objection, the application shall be submitted to the ASEAN Standing Committee for its consideration.

7. Application for affiliation shall include, at a minimum, information regarding the nature and purpose of the application of the CSO, its constitution and by-laws, a copy of its registration papers, its membership, background on its key officials, its function, activities, and projects, and its link body.

8. Subject to paragraph 6 above, the Secretary-General shall formally present, with his recommendations, applications for affiliation to the ASEAN Standing Committee which shall consider the applications using, among others, the following criteria:

9. An affiliated CSO shall enjoy the following privileges:

10. As a general rule, none of the foregoing privileges in paragraph 9 will be extended to organisations not formally affiliated with ASEAN.

11. All affiliated CSOs shall be required to comply with the following:

12. They shall endeavour to link up with national organisations accredited officially to ASEAN National Secretariats and echo their activities in advancing ASEAN interests. In so doing, the affiliated CSO can expand their membership or establish linkages and informal ties with national organisations in ASEAN.

13. Upon recommendations by the ASEAN Secretariat, after complaint has been lodged by an ASEAN link body or an ASEAN Member Country, the ASEAN Standing Committee shall, at its discretion, terminate the affiliation of CSOs if:

14. CSOs whose affiliation have been terminated under paragraph 13 above, shall not take legal action against any ASEAN Member Country or the ASEAN Secretariat. However, they may appeal to the ASEAN Standing Committee for a consideration of the termination. The decision of the ASEAN Standing Committee shall be final and binding.

15. The Member Countries through the ASEAN Secretariat shall regularly monitor the activities of the CSOs and their relations with ASEAN, and recommend to the ASEAN Standing Committee appropriate measures to deal with CSOs that have not acted in accordance with the provisions set forth in paragraph 11.

16. A CSO whose affiliation is terminated shall be denied exercise of the privileges provided under paragraph 9. Such termination shall be made public.

Source: Published by the ASEAN Secretariat 6 April 2006

Mail from: Ms. Wahyuningrum (Yuyun)

When: 7/2/2014

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