The ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its 12th meeting in Jakarta , Indonesia from May 6-10.

The meeting, chaired by AICHR Chairman Dr. Awang Hj. Ahmad bin Hj. Jumat, focussed its discussions on measures to enhance cooperation among ASEAN sectoral bodies in the promotion of human rights.

The meeting was informed of the latest developments from the work plans of the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC).

In the framework of the 12 th meeting, the AICHR held several bilateral meetings, including with the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR), the Secretary General of ASEAN, the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and the representatives of relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies such as ACW and ACWC.

Meanwhile, with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, the AICHR discussed how human rights could be mainstreamed into the ASEAN community building efforts with the involvement of all the ASEAN community pillars and the unique role the Secretary General has with regards to the promotion and protection of human rights.

The ASEAN leader shared his views on the challenges of ASEAN, which resonate with the challenges faced by the AICHR in the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the AHRD. He further expressed his readiness to consider the proposal for a dedicated unit to support the work of the AICHR in the context of the reorganisation of the ASEAN Secretariat's structure.

According to an ASEAN Secretariat press release, the 12 th AICHR meeting finalised the AICHR's Annual Report for 2013 and their 2014 Priority Programmes for submission to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in June 2013.

The AICHR plans to conduct a special meeting in August, 2013 in Vietnam.-VNA