The Lao delegation, led by Mr. Phoukhong SISOULATH, the Representative of the Lao PDR to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights has attended the 27th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) which was convened between 13th -17th May 2018 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia, under chairmanship of Singapore as the chair of ASEAN in 2018.
At the meeting, the Representatives of the AICHR discussed its programme activities such as the preparation for the interface with ASEAN Foreign Ministers, the 2018 AICHR Annual Report, the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities in 2019 before submission for approval at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in August 2018, draft Guidelines on Streamlining the Work of the AICHR as well as the AICHR’s budget. The meeting also considered and adopted the AICHR Priority Programmes/Activities from now until the end of 2018, among others, the AICHR Youth Debate on Human Rights, AICHR Annual Human Rights Training Programme,ASEAN Dialogue/Consultation on the Rights of the Child, Women and Girls’ Human Rights, Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases, Right to Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation, and the Workshop on the Realisation of the Rights to Development in Article 35 of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and Regional Workshop on “Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
During the meeting, the Representative of the Lao PDR to the AICHR informed the meeting of the progress of the thematic studies on the right to education and right to peace which are led by the Lao PDR. The meeting also agreed to adopt proposal made by the Lao PDR for hosting AICHR workshop on human rights and poverty eradication in the context of Sustainable Development Goals and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, which will be held in2019.
During the 27th Meeting, the AICHR Representatives met the Secretary General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) for exchanging views on the promotion and protection of human rights in ASEAN through more effective and efficient implementation of the AICHR’s mandate under its Terms of Reference (TOR). The AICHR also interfaced with ASEAN External Partners, namely United Nations (UN), Australia, Canada and United States of America to discuss possible areas for future cooperation, while these External Partners commended the ASEAN for its efforts on the promotion and protection of human rights in building ASEAN Community. The AICHR reiterated the importance of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, ASEAN centrality, ownership and leadership in cooperation on human rights with External Partners.