20th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Item 8: Follow-up to and Implementation of the
Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) - General Debate
Oral Statement Delivered by Mr. Yap Swee Seng on Behalf of
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Thank you, Madam President. FORUM-ASIA draws the attention of the Council to the recent developments on the drafting of a sub-regional human rights declaration by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). We echo the call from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in her 11 May press release, that a transparent process of inclusive and meaningful consultation on the draft is key in ensuring that the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration has the ownership and support of the peoples of Southeast Asia.1 In this light, we welcome the first formal regional-level consultation held by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Kuala Lumpur on 22 June 2012. However, we
(Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2012): Representatives of Civil society organisations (CSOs) have today met the AICHR for the first time for a consultation on the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. The organisations have welcomed the Consultation as a positive step in the right direction. They also welcome the constructive and friendly atmosphere in which the Consultation was held, and the openness of AICHR representatives to the comments and suggestions by CSO representatives.
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
The Philippines: European Parliament adopts resolution on impunity in the Philippines
Paris-Manila, 18 June 2012. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), welcome the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 14 June 2012 on cases of impunity in the Philippines. FIDH and PAHRA are disappointed that despite numerous calls by the international community and civil society in the country, serious human rights violations continue to be documented and impunity for these violations persist at various levels in a context of ineffective measures to tackle it.
Advocates to House: Walk the talk, too!
Senate casts unanimous endorsement of
FOI, transparency as norm
STATEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION
On Senator Honasan's sponsorship of the committee report on the FOI bills
WITHIN DAYS after casting a guilty verdict on former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, 22 of the 23 senators affirmed support for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act and endorsed the committee report of Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Information.