June 15, 2012
Right to Peace and Development
Highlighted in ASEAN HR Declaration
Ambassador Rosario Manalo
, Philippine Representative
to the Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Intergovernmental Commission on
(AICHR), has a number of suggestions and recommendations
to take up at the next meeting of AICHR, which was a result of the
2nd Consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
(AHRD) on 15 June 2012 in Makati City.
Manalo engaged civil society organizations (CSO) in a dialogue on
the general principles of the AHRD. She highlighted that the AHRD
added provisions on the right to peace, and right to development
and cooperation. One of the members of the audience commented that
the terms on curbing illicit trade in small arms and light weapons
should be explicit. Further, environmental rights, fundamental labor
rights and access or full access for Persons with Disabilities should
be observed according to international human rights principles.
“Continue to be vigilant and forceful in advocating for the
promotion and protection of human rights in ASEAN,” said Manalo.
CSOs have called on the Aquino government to increase its leadership
on human rights issues within the ASEAN
The AHRD is only the beginning of more initiatives in relation
to human rights. Manalo expects that the next step of AICHR after
the submission of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is the drafting
of ASEAN Conventions which will look into the thematic aspects
of human rights promotion and protection.
The consultation was the second installment of a series with
the first conducted in September 2011. Inputs solicited from the
dialogue shall be integrated in the upcoming meeting of the AICHR
on the Declaration in Kuala Lumpur before it is presented to the
ASEAN Foreign Ministers in July 2012.
The activity was organized by the
Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
and sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
(FNF), a German liberal foundation.