29 November | Bohol, Philippines
The EU and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) held the 2nd ASEAN-EU Policy Dialogue on Human Rights hosted by AICHR and co-chaired by Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights and Leo Herrera-Lim, Chair of AICHR. The two sides expressed their commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Topics addressed during the Policy Dialogue included trafficking in persons, achieving gender equality, sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, rights of the child, rights of migrant workers, business and human rights / corporate social responsibility, as well as rights of persons with disabilities. The EU and AICHR agreed to continue their cooperation and identified specific areas, including trafficking in persons, business and human rights as well as women’s and children’s rights and the rights of migrant workers. They also agreed to explore the possibility to hold the third round of the policy dialogue in 2018. Prior to the dialogue, the ASEAN human rights bodies/committees also held consultations with civil society organisations in the region.
For more information on the Policy Dialogue please see the website.