Association of South East Asian Nations: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th January 2010.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government are providing to the new ASEAN inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

The UK welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission for Human Rights (AICHR) when it was formally launched in October 2009. At this stage member countries are in the process of deciding where the institution will be based and have appointed national Commissioners. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have already met with the representative of the Philippines. Our accredited Ambassador to ASEAN is following developments. The UK, and the EU as a whole, is currently considering the assistance and technical expertise that it could usefully provide to the AICHR as it develops. The UK will continue to engage with civil society with ASEAN countries on human rights issues, and encourage the establishment of formal links between these groups and the AICHR.

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