The Work of the OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia to Support the Establishment of an ASEAN Human Rights System

The Work of the UN Human Rights Regional Office for South-East Asia to Support AICHR

Since 2006, the UN Human Rights Regional Office for South-East Asia has supported ASEAN and its Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to strengthen their independent human rights work in line with international standards, and to support the Commission’s engagement with civil society.

Our Office’s support initially focused on the development of an ASEAN regional human rights system, in particular by sharing lessons learned from other regions. We also assisted with the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) through consultations and technical expertise.

In recent years, our Office has supported activities of AICHR Representatives relating to for example the death penalty, torture, persons with disabilities, freedom of expression, the judiciary and water and sanitation.

The UN Human Rights Regional Office for South-East Asia also participates in the annual ASEAN-UN secretariat-to-secretariat dialogues, and in May 2018, initiated the first face-to-face meeting between AICHR and UN agencies to discuss current and future opportunities for cooperation.