Foundation Hosts Philippine Working Group
for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
|50th Meeting of the Philippine Working
Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (PRWG)
The 50th Meeting of the Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN
Human Rights Mechanism (PRWG) was held on January 26, 2005 at
the premises of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Makati City.
Topping the agenda was the group’s assessment of the recent
developments regarding the establishment of an ASEAN human rights
At their recent 10th Summit Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, the heads
of state of the regional organization adopted a series of policy
decisions. In the context of the so called ASEAN Security Community,
the promotion of human rights is listed in a special chapter.
The establishment of a network among existing human rights mechanisms
and the creation of an ASEAN commission on the promotion and protection
of the rights of women and children are two important
measures adopted by the governments.
“This is what the Regional Working Group has been pushing
for a long time,” said Philippine Working Group Chairman
former Senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tanada, who headed
the meeting in Makati City. He added: “This is a positive
and good development.”
The chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines,
Purificacion Quisumbing, informed the gathering about a first
consultative meeting of leading representatives of the Human Rights
Commissions of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia
recently held in Bangkok. She said that the strengthening of bonds
between the National Commissions is an important activity on the
way to an inter-governmental human rights mechanism in the region.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation has supported the RWG since
its inception in 1995. Apart from the Foundation’s sponsorship
of its regional programs, FNF Manila has cooperated closely
with the Philippine Working Group for many years.
“Regarding advocacy of human rights and the promotion of a regional
mechanism, Philippine human rights activists and politicians have
always played a crucial role,” said Dr. Ronald Meinardus, the
Foundation’s representative in Manila.
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