Bangkok, 18 November 2014—The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) is the newest regional human rights mechanism and is also the first sub-regional human rights commission in the Asian region. Since it was established in 2009, the AICHR has played an important role in promoting human rights in the region. However, many challenges remain. Thus, in this regard, the AICHR convened a “Workshop on Regional Mechanisms: Best Practices on Implementation of Human Rights.”
Upon the invitation of the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, the HRRC, through its Deputy Director, Ms. Michelle Staggs Kelsall, participated in the workshop that was held on 17-18 November in Bangkok. The programme was organised with a view to creating a platform to exchange and share experiences, best practices, and lessons learned among representatives from regional human rights mechanisms around the globe and other relevant stakeholders, including representatives from government agencies, National Human Rights Institutions, UN agencies and CSOs. The workshop also aimed to enhance and regularise cooperation between the AICHR and other regional mechanisms as well as other stakeholders for the better promotion and protection of human rights in ASEAN.