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11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

“National and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms”

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23 Nov 11 - 25 Nov 11 Grace Foo Political and Economic Department Informal ASEM Seminar On Human Rights Governance & Human Rights



Venue:
Prague (Czech Republic)

 

The 11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights, held in Prague, The Czech Republic from 23 - 25 November 2011, was entitled “National and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms. The Seminar was co-organised by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (delegated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic. 

The main objective of the 11th Seminar was to facilitate a dialogue on regional and national mechanism-building. Specifically, the Seminar aimed to develop recommendations to strengthen regional and national mechanisms in Asia and Europe.  

The seminar opened with an opening plenary including introductory messages and keynote speeches. The second day was devoted to working group discussion which focussed on a) national human rights mechanisms; b) regional human rights mechanisms; c) procedural effectiveness of regional human rights mechanisms and d) multi-level architecture of human rights mechanisms. The closing plenary featured reports from the working groups and seminar conclusions. 

This was the largest dialogue event of this nature with approximately 100 participants. The following invitation arrangement has been put in place since the 7th Seminar in 2006 in order to ensure balance between Asian and European participants, modified now to include new ASEM partners:  

1. From the 16 Asian countries: two civil society participants and one official representative each  

2. From the 27 EU countries: one civil society participant and one official representative each  

3. From Australia, New Zealand and Russia: one civil society participant and one official representative each  

The Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights launched in 1997 is the largest meeting point between the two regions on human rights issues that brings together a mix of government officials and civil society participants of the 48 ASEM partners to engage in frank, unofficial and closed-door discussion. It seeks to help deepen relations between civil society actors and governments in Asia and Europe on human rights issues.

Participation in the Seminar is by invitation only.

Partners

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

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    The organisers of the 11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights on "National and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms" have released a summary of the Key Messages emerging from the event.  A precursor to the final outcomes of the meeting, these messages represent a distillation of the major themes discussed by the participants over the course of the 3-day seminar. The full Seminar Report, providing an in-depth analysis of the working group discussions and overarching conclusions of the seminar, will be published over the course of the coming month. To be informed when the Seminar Report is published, please subscribe to the ASEF Newsletter.

     

    The organisers of the 11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights on "National and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms" (link) have released a summary of the Key Messages (link) emerging from the event.  A precursor to the final outcomes of the meeting, these messages represent a distillation of the major themes discussed by the participants over the course of the 3-day seminar. The full Seminar Report, providing an in-depth analysis of the working group discussions and overarching conclusions of the seminar, will be published over the course of the coming month. To be informed when the Seminar Report is published, please subscribe to the site updates (Link: http://www.asef.org/feeds/)

  • Human rights dialogue

    Published on 30 Nov 2011

    The 11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was held in Prague, the Czech Republic (23 - 25 November 2011). It engaged in dialogue over 100 members of civil society and government from across Asia and Europe. They discussed National and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms. Representatives from the United Nations, the European Union and various national human rights institutions also took part in this dialogue.

    The main body of the discussion focused on four themes: national human rights mechanisms; regional human rights mechanisms; procedural effectiveness of regional human rights mechanisms; and multi-level architecture of human rights mechanisms. This informal dialogue will culminate in a set of recommendations for strengthening regional and national mechanisms in Asia and Europe. 

    The seminar opened with welcome remarks by Ambassador Michel Filhol, ASEF Executive Director, and Mr Jiří Schneider, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.  The discussion themes were addressed during the keynote speech by Professor Brian Burdekin AO of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Mr Rafendi Djamin of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.

    The seminar was co-organised by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (delegated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and ASEF. It was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic.