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Solidarity for Asian Peoples' Advocacy Letter to AICHR

Solidarity for Asian Peoples' Advocacy Letter to AICHR

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More than 80 advocacy groups and people's organizations from across the Southeast Asian region submitted letter-petitions for information disclosure to the ASEAN's Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Citing important mandates from the ASEAN Charter, the groups requested the two bodies to share information related to their work on civil society accreditation and guidelines for engagement with civil society, the AICHR's guidelines of operation, the terms of reference for the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, and the terms of reference for the thematic study on Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights. According tho the letter-petitions, access to information is a first and necessary step towards meaningful people's participation in ASEAN.
More than 80 advocacy groups and people's organizations from across the Southeast Asian region submitted letter-petitions for information disclosure to the ASEAN's Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Citing important mandates from the ASEAN Charter, the groups requested the two bodies to share information related to their work on civil society accreditation and guidelines for engagement with civil society, the AICHR's guidelines of operation, the terms of reference for the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, and the terms of reference for the thematic study on Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights. According tho the letter-petitions, access to information is a first and necessary step towards meaningful people's participation in ASEAN.

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15 June 2011H.E. Rafendi Djamin
Chairperson and Representative of IndonesiaASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human RightsJakarta, Indonesia
Dear Sir:
Warm greetings!We write on behalf of the Solidarity for Asian Peoples Advocacies(SAPA) Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (TFAHR) and the SAPATask Force on Freedom of Information (TF on ASEAN FOI).The SAPA Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (SAPA TF-AHR)was established in August 2007 in Kuala Lumpur during the First RegionalConsultation on ASEAN and Human Rights. One of the objectives of the TaskForce is to promote genuine and meaningful dialogue and engagementbetween NGOs and the AICHR in promoting and protecting human rights. TheTF on ASEAN FOI is an initiative to push for therecognition of the public’sright to know and access to information in ASEAN. These two Task Forceswork under the SAPA Working Group on ASEAN (SAPA WG ASEAN), acollaboration amongvarious NGOs, peoples' movements, coalitions andcampaign organizations that seek to engage ASEAN issues and processes. Ithas played an active role in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference, and workson specific advocacies on human rights, migrants’ rights, economicdevelopment and social justice, and democratization, among others.The SAPA TF-AHR and the SAPA TF on ASEAN FOI welcome theprogress made by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on HumanRights(AICHR) ininstitutionbuilding. We understand that as a result of thepast AICHR meetings, several important documents and decisions have beenadopted.As reflected in Article 1.13 of the ASEAN Charter, the ASEAN aspiresto become a People-Oriented ASEAN, “in which all sectors of society areencouraged to participate in, and benefit from, the process of ASEANintegration and community building”. A fundamental requisite to achieving thisis to keep stakeholders promptly and sufficiently informed. AICHR itselfcommits to keep the public periodically informed of its work and activitiesthrough appropriate public information materials (Article 6.7 of TOR ofAICHR).It is in this spirit that we would like to request for a copy of the followingdocuments:
 
Page 2of 31.The Guidelines on Operation of the AICHR;2.The Terms of Reference for the drafting team of the ASEAN HumanRights Declaration;3.The Terms of Reference for the thematic study on Corporate SocialResponsibility (CSR) and Human Rights; andWe also askthat these documents be made widely available as soonas possible through the website of ASEAN or of AICHR to facilitate genuineand meaningful public participation and consultation on these matters that willhave far reaching impact on the fundamental freedoms and human rights ofpeople in ASEAN.We look forward to your favorable consideration of our request.Thank you.Very truly yours, 
Yap Swee Seng
and
Haris Azhar
For the SAPA Task Force on ASEAN andHuman Rights:
1.Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development(FORUM-ASIA)2.Disable People International –Asia Pacific (DPI-AP)3.The Asia Pacific RefugeeRights Network (APRRN)4.The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)5.Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)6.Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Worker (TF-AMW)7.Task Force on ASEAN Burma (TF-AB)8.Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) -Burma9.ADHOC -Cambodia10.The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims ofViolence (Kontras) –Indonesia11.Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) -Indonesia12.SUARAM –Malaysia13.Empower -Malaysia14.Think Centre –Singapore15.People’s Empowerment Foundation –Thailand16.Task Force Detainees of the Philippines(TFDP) –thePhilippines17.Agribusiness Action Initiatives18.Southeast Asia Coalition to Stop the Use of ChildSoldiers19.Coordination of Action Research on AIDS and Mobility(CARAM) Asia
Jenina Joy Chavez
For the SAPA Task Force on ASEAN FOI:
1.Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)2.Institute for Freedom of Information (i-FOI)3.Focus on the Global South4.Asian Forum for Human Rights andDevelopment (FORUM-ASIA)5.South East Asian Committee for Advocacy(SEACA)6.Bantay Kita7.Foundation forMedia Alternatives8.People’s Empowerment Foundation Thailand9.Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR)
 
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Other Endorsers
Cambodia
1.SILAKA2.Positive Change for Cambodia3.Cambodia Housing Rights Task Force4.NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child5.Cambodia Housing Rights Task Force6.Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)7.The Cambodian League for the Promotion andDefense of Human Rights (LICADHO)
Indonesia
8.Publish What You Pay9.Yayasan Semai Jiwa Amini (SEJIWA)10.Imparsial11.The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of theArchipelago (AMAN-MALUKU) Moluccas12.The Children's Human Rights Foundation (YPHA)13.KePPaK PEREMPUAN14.Women’s Institute, Bandung15.Demos16.KRuHA (People's Coalition for the Right to Water)17.Pergerakan Indonesia Indonesia18.Solidaritas Perempuan (Women'sSolidarity forHuman Rights)19.Sahabat Perempuan dan Anak Indonesia (SapaIndonesia)20.Jaringan Tambang (JATAM)21.Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI)22.Aliansi Nasional Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (ANBTI)23.Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL)
Lao PDR
24.Gender and Development Group (GDG)
Malaysia
25.Southeast Asia Popular CommunicationsProgramme26.Pusat Komas27.Community Residents’ Association28.Women’s Aid Organisation29.Women’s Caucus Malaysia30.Era Consumer Malaysia31.Monitoring Sustainability of Globalization (MSN)
Philippines
32.Action for Economic Reforms, Philippines33.Stop the War Coalition, Philippines34.Libertas35.Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau,Inc. (Philippines)36.Rural Urban Peoples Linkages37.Philippine Network on EU-ASEAN FTA
Singapore
38.MARUAH (Working Group for ASEAN HumanRights Mechanism)
Thailand
39.ASEAN Watch40.NGO Coordinating Committee onDevelopment41.Thai Committee for Refugee Foundation42.FTA Watch Thailand
Regional/International (based in ASEAN)
43.INHURED International44.Dignity International45.International Women's Rights Action Watch(IWRAW) Asia Pacific46.Southeast Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN47.Asia Pacific Resource and Research Centerfor Women (ARROW)48.Homenet Southeast Asia49.Committee for Asian Women (CAW)50.Union Network International Asia PacificRegional Organization (UNI Apro)51.Asian Partnership for the Development ofHuman Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA)
Others
52.Center for Human Rights and Development(Mongolia)53.International Federation for Human Rights(FIDH)54.East Timor NGO Forum (FONGTIL) –TimorLeste
Cc:
H.E. Pehin Dato Hamid Bakal
Representative of Brunei Darussalam
H.E. Om Yentieng
Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia
H.E. Bounkeut Sangsomsak
Representative of the Lao P.D.R
H.E. Dato’ Sri Muhammad ShafeeAbdullah
Representative of Malaysia
H.E. U Kyaw Tint Swe
Representative of Myanmar
H.E. Rosario G. Manalo
Representative of the Republic of thePhilippines
H.E. Richard R. Magnus
Representative of Singapore
H.E. Sriprapha Petcharamesree
Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand
H.E. Amb.Nguyen Duy Hung
Representative of Viet Nam

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