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The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights: Agendas for US-ASEAN Human Rights Collaboration an

The ASEAN Studies Center, with support from the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, hosted an off-the-record forum featuring the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Representatives from the ten ASEAN member countries and human rights experts from Washington-based academic institutions and think tanks. The Representatives discussed the history, principles, and mandates of AICHR, as well as the status of human rights research at academic institutions and think tanks both in the U.S. and in the ASEAN region. The purpose of this session was to provide local experts the opportunity to offer recommendations for consideration by the Representatives, as they prepare to draft the much-anticipated ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights, as well as to promote future human rights collaboration between Southeast Asian and U.S. institutions.