SIIA Associate Fellow MAHDEV MOHAN, who is also an Asst Prof in the School of Law, Singapore Management University is leading the first research project by the Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN (HRRCA). The study will analyse the legal framework supporting human rights in ASEAN and will produce country reports on all ten ASEAN Member States. Researchers from at least eight of the ten ASEAN Member States will contribute to the study.
Adherence to good governance and rule of law as well as the promotion and protection of human rights are core principles contained in the ASEAN Charter. The HRRCA’s study will survey key issues associated with the rule of law and good governance as they relate to the protection and promotion of human rights in ASEAN member states. As a first step, researchers will gather in early October to finalise the survey to be used to develop the country reports. The country reports will be finalised in early 2011 and a regional summary will be prepared thereafter. The complete report will be presented at an ASEAN-wide human rights conference planned for March 2011.