ASEAN is committed to realising a community of Southeast Asia nations that is grounded upon a firm commitment to the rule of law at national, regional and international levels.

The statement was made by Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN on behalf of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 6 th Committee of the UN General Assembly 66 th Session on Agenda Item 83: “the Rule of Law at National and International Levels” in New York on Oct. 5.

“ Among the 14 principles highlighted in the ASEAN Charter are adherence to the rule of law, good governance, democracy and constitutional government and the upholding of the United Nations Charter and international law,” Trung said.

He said to develop and strengthen the institutional and legal frameworks envisaged in the Charter, ASEAN member states have adopted a series of legal documents, including the Protocol to the ASEAN Charter on the Dispute Settlement Mechanisms, Rules of Procedure for the Conclusion of International Agreements by ASEAN and Rules of Procedure for the Interpretation of the ASEAN Charter.

“The establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Women and Children (ACWC) demonstrates ASEAN’s collective commitment to good governance and the creation of a truly people-centred ASEAN,” he added.

According to the diplomat, to enhance its capacity to ensure greater peace, security and stability in the region, ASEAN has recently decided to set up an ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, and immediately implement the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and commence the discussion of identifying elements of a regional code of conduct (COC), he said./.

In acknowledging the UN’s contributions to advancing and strengthening the rule of law at both national and international levels, Trung stressed that any efforts of the international community in providing rule of law assistance must be based on principles of national ownership, sovereign equality of States, peaceful settlement of disputes, adherence to a rules-based regime and respect for territorial integrity./.