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FIRST COORDINATION MEETING FOR AICHR THEMATIC STUDY ON THE RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION IN ASEAN, 18 NOVEMBER 2018, PUTRAJAYA

FIRST COORDINATION MEETING FOR AICHR THEMATIC STUDY ON THE RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION IN ASEAN,

18 NOVEMBER 2018, PUTRAJAYA

 

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Ministry of Land, Water and Natural Resources is organizing the First Coordination Meeting for AICHR Thematic Study on the Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation in ASEAN on 18 November 2018 at the Marriot Hotel, Putrajaya. The AICHR Thematic Study is a follow up programme to the AICHR Regional Consultation on the Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation in ASEAN which was held successfully on 25-27 October 2017 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

 

The Thematic Study will encompass the mapping of the legal framework related to water and sanitation of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) with a view to provide a comprehensive report with an analysis of strengths and areas for enhancement in respect of water governance in the region. Further, the study will provide essential baseline information to support the AMS to achieve targets within the context of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) as well as numerous interlinked goals across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

 

The Thematic Study will be conducted by 10 national researchers from AMS and five human rights experts who were also involved in the AICHR Regional Consultation held previously.

 

The Thematic Study on the Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation in ASEAN is a clear manifestation of Malaysia's continued efforts in strengthening the integration process and construction of the ASEAN community in promoting and protecting human rights to secure clean and safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in the region.

 

PUTRAJAYA

18 November 2018

ASEAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICHR) – COUNCIL OF ASEAN CHIEF JUSTICES (CACJ) HIGH LEVEL ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE: THE RIGHTS OF ACCUSED PERSONS IN CRIMINAL CASES 11 DECEMBER 2018 PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA

ASEAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICHR) – COUNCIL OF ASEAN CHIEF JUSTICES (CACJ)

HIGH LEVEL ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE: THE RIGHTS OF ACCUSED PERSONS IN CRIMINAL CASES

11 DECEMBER 2018

PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA

                                                       

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and Council of ASEAN Chief Justices co-hosted the AICHR-CACJ High Level ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue: The Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases at Le Meridien Hotel, Putrajaya on 11 December 2018. The High Level Dialogue was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and the Office of the Chief Registrar, Federal Court of Malaysia.

The High Level Dialogue was a follow up to the successful convening of the AICHR Judicial Colloquium on the Sharing of Good Practices Regarding International Human Rights Law held on 13 to 15 March 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The objectives of this Dialogue were two-fold. Firstly, to provide a peer-to-peer platform to share experiences on the ways the criminal courts in different legal systems protect and implement the rights of accused persons. Secondly, to identify and share existing commonalities, good practices and challenges among the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in ensuring equality to all before the law and universal access to justice.

The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum, Chief Justice of Malaysia delivered the Keynote Address where he underscored the linkage between the concept of rule of law and the rights accorded to the accused persons. He emphasized about the principle of natural justice that embodies two essential rights, namely, the right to be heard and the rule against bias which are the basic tenets of our criminal justice system.

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima briefly explained the rights of accused persons as enshrined in Article 5 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, Article 5 and Article 20 of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and Article 14(3) on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

His Excellency Edmund Bon Tai Soon, Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR in his welcoming remarks touched on the mandates of the Representatives of the AICHR provided in the Terms of Reference of the AICHR, the various rights of accused persons as stipulated in the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. He illustrated the nexus between human rights and Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) particularly the two targets concerning the promotion of rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all; and the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.

The High Level Dialogue was attended by Representatives of the AICHR, Chief Justice of Malaysia, Singapore and Lao PDR, representatives of the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ), Senior Judges, representative of ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM) and human rights expert.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA

PUTRAJAYA

12 December 2018

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR THE VACANCY DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ASEAN FOR COMMUNITY AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR THE VACANCY

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ASEAN FOR COMMUNITY AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS

The ASEAN Secretariat is inviting qualified ASEAN nationals to apply for the position of Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs (DSG CCA). The incumbent shall assist the Secretary-General of ASEAN in leading the Community and Corporate Affairs Department of the ASEC, ensuring that the Secretariat has in place the systems, procedures, and resources required to fulfill its mandate.

Please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., highlighting your suitability and potential contribution to the position together with a detailed CV, certified true copies of educational certificates and transcript for Bachelor and Master degree, including PhD (if any) and complete ASEC Employment Application Form attached with recent photograph. Applications sent without all the documents mentioned above will NOT be considered. Please indicate on the subject heading: Application for DSG CCA.

Application documents should reach the ASEAN Secretariat by 24 February 2019. The Selection Committee’s decision is final and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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OUTCOME OF THE 22ND ASEAN-EU MINISTERIAL MEETING BRUSSELS, BELGIUM 21 JANUARY 2019

OUTCOME OF THE 22ND ASEAN-EU MINISTERIAL MEETING

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

21 JANUARY 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah led the Malaysian delegation to the 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) on 21 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

The meeting was co-chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan which is presently the country coordinator for ASEAN-EU dialogue relations. Both sides exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest, including progress in the implementation of the ASEAN-EU Plan of Action (2018-2022) and the future direction of relations between the two organisations.

The Ministers discussed priority areas in the context of ASEAN-EU dialogue relations, encompassing political-security, economic, trade, connectivity and sustainable development dimensions. The Ministers also exchanged views on key regional and international issues.

In his intervention, the Foreign Minister reiterated Malaysia’s position vis-à-vis action undertaken by the EU which would adversely affect the interests of palm oil-producing states in ASEAN. In this connection, Malaysia expressed the view that the proposed elevation of ASEAN-EU dialogue relations to a Strategic Partnership should be deferred to a later stage. Indonesia put forward the same recommendation.

The Foreign Minister also expressed Malaysia’s hope that ASEAN and the EU would intensify efforts to consolidate their relations, building on existing areas of cooperation underpinned by the ASEAN-EU Plan of Action (2018-2022).

On initiatives to combat terrorism, the Foreign Minister underlined the role of capacity-building programmes pursued by Malaysia under the auspices of the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT).

The Joint Statement of the 22nd AEMM was adopted at the meeting. Although the ASEAN and EU Foreign Ministers agreed in principle to upgrade ASEAN-EU dialogue relations to a Strategic Partnership, they decided that details and timing would be worked out in due course, as a result of the concerns raised by Malaysia and Indonesia. Through the joint statement, the Ministers also welcomed the establishment of a joint working group between the EU and relevant ASEAN Member States to address issues relating to palm oil.

PUTRAJAYA

23 January 2019

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