Singapore admits the past Philippine leadership of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) is a tough act to follow, as the country’s representatives led the bloc in advancing human rights in the region like never before.
During the hand-over of the chairmanship of the AICHR from the Philippines to Singapore, Singaporean representative Dr. Shashi Jayakumar said his country would take an active role in continuing the good work which the Philippine leadership of the AICHR started strongly.
And while continuing and building on the achievements that the Philippines attained in 2017, Jayakumar also admits the world class hospitality, scenic views and talents is tough to top.
He joked thad Singapore may be able to put up good entertainment, but he is not sure if there are no Filipinos among the performers.
But more importantly, the Philippine leadership in 2017 has been marked by several AICHR milestones, which the members marked as among the busiest of the AICHR, according to the Singaporean rights advocate. Singapore cited the leadership under Filipino Leo Herrera Lim as one which is of a substantive forward looking role considering the diversity of cultures, history and their cultural and historical contexts among ASEAN member countries.
For his part, prior to the hand-over of the documents to Singapore, Lim named some of the Philippines AICHR accomplishments as the completion of the thematic studies on ASEAN Women in Disaster, Child’s Rights and Education promotion, accomplishment of the regional action plan in mainstreaming PWDs.
He also reported that within one year of Philippine leadership of the AICHR, has been done on the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children like the protocols ASEAN members can adhere to trafficking in rights based approaches.
More than that, the Philippine Representative to the AICHR Lim said Philippines has advanced in issues toward provision of potable water in the regions as well as the region-wide protocols on the adherence to the rule of law.
The handover followed the two-day meeting which tackled the AICHR priority programmes/activities implementation as well as taking note of the reports of the AICHR-ACWC Training Workshop on the UN Convention on the Rights of the ChilAso reported were the details of the 2nd Workshop on the Development of ASEAN Legal Human Rights Instrument, and the Executive Summary of the Record of Proceedings of the AICHR Judicial Colloquium on the Sharing of Good Practices Regarding International Human Rights Law, according to press material from the AICHR.
The Meeting also allowed the member representatives to be briefed on the upcoming AICHR workshops relating to education for children with disabilities and the right to health, and the convening of the Roundtable Discussion on ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) to commemorate 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 5th anniversary of the AHRD, the press material continued. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)