The Lao PDR hosted the 2nd Coordination Meeting for the Thematic Study on the Right to Peace on April 5 in Vientiane.
The meeting brought together national focal points from the ASEAN member states, study team members to discuss and exchange views, share ideas and update on the progress of this thematic study as one of the priority programmes of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).
Mr. Phoukhong Sisoulath, Representative of the Lao PDR to AICHR, Director General of the Department of Treaties and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who chaired the meeting, said that under its 2nd five-year work plan (2016-2020), AICHR is undertaking a number of thematic studies to fulfill its mandate in education, research and capacity building to enhance regional cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights of the people in ASEAN.
Recently, the AICHR completed its first thematic study on Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights. The Right to Peace is a new and evolving concept in international law.
The right to enjoy peace is recognized in the resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Declaration of the Right to Peace, which is a product of long international negotiations, was adopted by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 24, 2016 and by the UNGA on 19 December 2016.
In ASEAN, the ASEAN Leaders adopted the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) in November 2012 which includes the Right to Peace among other human rights. The inclusion of the Right to Peace in the AHRD adds value to the ASEAN regional context and to setting the standard in international human rights law, particularly with regard to the emerging human right to peace.
ASEAN has a unique history of evolution and development. It is a group of 10 member states which have differing political, economic, social, cultural, historical and religious backgrounds. However, the countries in ASEAN have shared goals and values; one among such is the desire to live in a region of lasting peace.
The purposes of the ASEAN Charter, among others, are to maintain and enhance peace, security and stability and to further strengthen peace-oriented values in the region. The shared commitment and collective responsibility in enhancing regional peace, security and prosperity, renunciation of aggression and of the threat of use of force, or other actions in any manner inconsistent with international law are among the principles of the ASEAN Charter.
Source: Lao News Agency