International Trade Union calls for revision of ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

ITUC/ITUC –ASIA PACIFIC STATEMENT ON ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and its regional body, ITUC Asia-Pacific, taking note of the recent initiative to issue an ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) consistent with the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015, express serious concern with a position which represents a retreat from the existing commitments of its constituent member states under the International Bill of Human Rights and the core conventions of the International Labour Organization, among other instruments. Throughout, the AHRD retreats from upholding universal principles and instead limits the reach of the enumerated rights to a balance with the performance of unspecified corresponding duties (General Principle 6) and to regional and national contexts (General Principle 7). Further, some rights are limited to the extent of national laws and regulations.

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