The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

ASEAN

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) was established in 2009 to “promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples of ASEAN”. It is composed of one Representative nominated from each ASEAN Member State - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

ASEAN has been making important progress in recent years towards the establishment of a regional human rights system for South-East Asia.

The AICHR is a consultative body of ASEAN, guided by the ASEAN Charter and Terms of Reference of AICHR. It operates by consensus and in line with the ASEAN fundamental principles, including sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs. More information on AICHR and its Representatives of AICHR can be found here

The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) was adopted in 2012, and at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in 2018, the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: : Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted.

Since 2010, ASEAN also has a Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children with the primary purpose of promoting and protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and children in ASEAN.