June 7, 2012

Hon. Ambassador ROSARIO G. MANALO Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

Dear Ambassador MANALO,

We welcome the invitation to participate in the 2 Consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) on 15 June 2012 organized by the Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism together with the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). We have long awaited for this consultation. As you wrote, “the consultation aims to inform participants about the progress on the AHRD and to elicit further inputs and comments on current draft.” We would like to request for a copy of the current draft of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) in order to be able to be able to intelligently give inputs and comments during the meeting. Further, we hope that nationwide consultations, in the Visayas, Mindanao and other Luzon areas, be done in order to gather various inputs into the Declaration. We also request that the draft AHRD be publicized and translated into our major languages so that a broader section of the Filipinos can meaningfully participate in the drafting process. We earnestly urge your office to consider our requests which we believe will help in the efforts tocreate a people-centered Philippines and ASEAN. The significance of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration cannot be overstated. Not only does it have the potential to affect the people of the region profoundly, it could also form the foundation for further human rights instruments within ASEAN and the rest of Asia.

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Respectfully,

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Amnesty International Philippines

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