At this meeting the High Level Panel met with the Chair of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly as well as the Chairs of sectoral bodies responsible for the promotion and protection of the rights of women, children and migrant workers to discuss the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body. The High Level Panel discussed the last chapter of the Terms of Reference on entry into force, amendment, review and interpretation of the Terms of Reference.
The High Level Panel agreed that the ASEAN Human Rights Body should have at least 2 regular meetings per year with the possibility to have additional meetings as necessary.
The Panel also agreed that the ASEAN Human Rights Body should report to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting. The Panel also considered how to mobilize financial resources for the body. They agreed that funding should come primarily from ASEAN resources, through equal contribution from ASEAN Member States. These mandatory contributions could be supplemented by voluntary funding by governments Member Countries. The Panel agreed that the body may also receive funding from other sources, within and outside ASEAN, for promotional and educational activities.
The High Level Panel discussed the composition of the ASEAN Human Rights body, modalities for the operation of the body, secretariat support as well as the mobilization of resources necessary for the operation of the body. The Panel discussed the frequency and duration of Commission meetings and the decision making process, which will rely on ASEAN principle of consultation and consensus. On secretariat and funding, the High Level Panel agreed that it is necessary to provide the AHRB with sufficient resources, including funding and personnel, to ensure efficient functioning of the body. Funding will be mobilized from within ASEAN as well as external sources where appropriate.
The ACMW representatives met for the first time and agreed upon a terms of reference and work plan.
The panel agreed that the ASEAN Human Rights Body, in order to fulfil its mandate to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples of ASEAN, needed to undertake a number of different activities, particularly; raising public awareness on human rights, promoting capacity building of ASEAN Member States for the effective implementation of their human rights obligations, strengthening human rights norms in ASEAN, promoting dialogue, consultation and cooperation among ASEAN Member States and engagement with relevant stakeholders as well as preparing studies and reports on issues related to human rights in ASEAN. The High Level Panel began discussions on the composition of the ASEAN Human Rights Body.
The first half day of this meeting was dedicated to a discussion on the Terms of Reference between the High Level Panel and ASEAN human rights CSOs, including the Working Group on an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the Network of 4 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Solidarity for Asian Peoples Assembly (SAPA). Thailand emphasized the importance of the establishment of a Commission as a contributing towards creating a more people-centred ASEAN Community. The High Level Panel then went on, in closed session, to discus some elements of the Terms of Reference, including the preamble, purposes and principles of an ASEAN Human Rights Body.
The theme for the 1st ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour was, 'Follow-up to the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers A Way Forward to Operationalizing the Declaration .
ASEAN Foreign Ministers announced the establishment of the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW) with two purposes: 1. Ensuring the effective implementation of the commitments made under the Declaration; and
2. Facilitating the development of an ASEAN instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. ACMW is to be comprised of one senior representative from each of the ASEAN Member States' Ministries of Labor, as well as a representative from the ASEAN Secretariat.
ASEAN Heads of State signed the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.
The ACWC Indonesia Representatives, in preparation for ACWC's 3rd meeting in Solo, held a dialogue with CSO and government institutions.