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7th Workshop on Human Rights Mechanism for ASEAN

7th Workshop on Human Rights Mechanism for ASEAN
 
Date/Time: Jun 12, 2008 / 9.00am-11.30pm
Venue: Amara Sanctuary Hotel, Sentosa, Singapore
 

The 7th Workshop on the ASEAN Regional Mechanism on Human Rights is organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from June 12 to 13 in Singapore at the Amara Sanctuary Resort, Sentosa. 

At the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore in 2007, the ASEAN Leaders signed an ASEAN Charter, agreeing inter alia, that ASEAN would establish an ASEAN Human Rights Body. The Foreign Ministers will be launching a High Level Panel to draft the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body at the 41st AMM in July 2008 in Singapore. The 7th Workshop, coming just before the AMM, thus represents a unique and important opportunity for Civil Society and governments to discuss and contribute to the process of developing this ASEAN Human Rights Body. The outcome of this workshop will be the most current set of recommendations on the establishment of the ASEAN Human Rights Body when the High Level Panel begins its work. 

To that end, the Workshop aims to analyze and review regional efforts in ASEAN to establish a Human Rights Mechanism; and to assess the issue of human rights in relation to women and children and migrant workers. The Workshop intends to consider the future prospects of human rights in ASEAN and how civil society and the region’s governments can work towards an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. 

The 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Mr Raymond Lim, will be the keynote speaker for this conference, and Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan will be Guest of Honour for the Dinner on 12 June 2008. Leading Civil Society representatives from around the region, together with many leading experts from ASEAN think tanks and academic institutions will also be participating in this two-day Workshop. 

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An ASEAN human rights body in the making at the 7th Workshop on the ASEAN Regional Mechanism on Human Rights
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Human Rights: ASEAN's way forward 
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Summary of Proceedings (PDF) [download])

Download all available presentations and speeches (ZIP) [download]

Media Coverage of the Event:

   
ChannelNewsAsia 12 June 2008 By Asha Popatlal
ASEAN human rights to get terms of reference ready by year end 

Monsters and Critics.com Jun 12, 2008
Deutsche Presse-Agentur- ASEAN workshop warned against overly ambitious human rights body

The Straits Times June 12, 2008
Don't set artificial deadlines: S'pore minister to Asean

Web India 123 Jun 12, 2008
Deutsche Presse-Agentur- ASEAN warned against overly ambitious human rights body

The Nation The Region Jun 12, 2008
Deutsche Presse-Agentur- ASEAN warned against overly ambitious human rights body

The Straits Times June 12, 2008
Asean rights body will foster justice

Xinhuanet News Jun 12, 2008
Xinhua - ASEAN not to set deadlines for creation of new institution

Lloyds Jun 12, 2008
Agence France-Presse/ Dow Jones Newswires - Creating Asean Rights Body Not Easy

The Straits Times June 12, 2008
Asean rights body will foster justice

Yahoo Singapore News Jun 13, 2008
Agence France-Presse - Creating ASEAN rights body not easy

Lianhe Zaobao Jun 13, 2008
亚细安各国代表 商人权机构议题

The Straits Times June 13, 2008
Raymond Lim: Three criteria must be met

The Straits Times June 13, 2008
AFP - Asean rights body should include all members: panel

The Straits Times June 13, 2008 By Kor Kian Beng:
Consensus needed on human rights: Prof Koh

The Straits Times June 14, 2008: By Kor Kian Beng
Progress made, but more work lies ahead

ChannelNewsAsia June 13, 2008
Experts say ASEAN rights body should include all members

Today Jun 14, 2008
Rights: Moving ahead But no consensus yet on political freedom, notes forum

   

Programme

Thu 12 Jun 2008

0900-0930

OPENING OF THE 7TH WORKSHOP ON THE ASEAN REGIONAL MECHANISM ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Welcome Remarks:
Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn, Co-Chair, (Regional) Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

Keynote Address:
H.E. Raymond Lim, 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore [download transcript] [download recording (mp3)]

0930-1115

SESSION 1: STOCKTAKING OF REGIONAL EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH AN ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISM

Keynote Address:
H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General [download transcript] [download recording (mp3)]

Lead Discussants:
H.E. Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, and Chairman of the High Level Task Force on the drafting of the ASEAN Charter
Mr Rodolfo C. Severino, former ASEAN Secretary-General (1998-2002) and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore
Mr Wigberto Tanada, Chairperson, Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

Moderator:
Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

1115-1130 Tea Break
1130-1300

SESSION 2: THE ASEAN CHARTER AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Lead Discussants:
Mr Manasvi Srisodapol, Deputy Director-General, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand [download]
Ms Trinh Hai Yen, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of International Laws, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam [download]
Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, Chairperson, Malaysian Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

Moderator:
Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn, Co-Chair, (Regional) Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

1300-1400 Lunch
1400–1530 SESSION 3: ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ASEAN COMMISSION ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Lead Discussants:
Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Chairperson, Thai Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism [download]
Ms Constance Singham, President, Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Singapore [download]
Moderator:
Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
1530-1545 Tea break
1545-1715 SESSION 4: ELABORATION OF AN ASEAN INSTRUMENT ON MIGRANT WORKERS
Lead Discussants:
Ms Braema Mathi, MARUAH, Singapore [download]
Dr Rene E. Ofreneo, Monitor Research Centre, Philippines [download]
Mr Irmawan, Emir Wisnandar, Director for ASEAN Functional Cooperation, Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation, Dept of Foreign Affairs - Indonesia [download]
Moderator:
Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn, Co-Chair, (Regional) Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
1900–2130 WELCOME DINNER
Guest-of-Honour: H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan
ASEAN Secretary-General
Dinner Keynote Address [download transcript] [download recording (mp3)]

Fri 13 Jun 2008

0900-1030 SESSION 5: THE ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS BODY
Lead Discussants:
Ms Chalida Tajaroensuk, Coordinator, Empowering People for Strong Civil Society (People’s Empowerment), Thailand [download]
Dr Carolina G Hernandez, Founding President, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Philippines
Mr Ou Virak, President, Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, Cambodia
Moderator:
Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
1030-1100 Tea break
1100-1230 SESSION 6: MOVING FORWARD ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN ASEAN
Lead Discussants:
Mr Rodolfo C. Severino, former ASEAN Secretary-General (1998-2002) and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore
Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn, Co-Chair, (Regional) Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Moderator:
Ms Cecilia Quisumbing, Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 CLOSING SESSION: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn, Co-Chair, (Regional) Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism [download]
Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs [download]

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