Launch of Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.

The United States welcomes the October 19 launch of the Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN (HRRCA) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Established in Indonesia and funded with support from the Department of State along with other dialogue partners, the HRRCA will pursue research, training, teaching, capacity building, and raising awareness of human rights issues and the rule of law throughout the ASEAN region. The Center will be based at the University of Indonesia and serve as a hub for universities around the region to support the promotion of human rights, including universities in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Partner institutions include University of Indonesia, Mahidol University (Thailand), Pannasastra University (Cambodia), Ateneo University School of Law (Philippines), University of Malaya (Malaysia), National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.

The United States applauds ASEAN’s growing focus on respect for human rights and good governance as reflected in the ratification of the ASEAN Charter in 2008 and the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights in 2009. The Department of State looks forward to supporting the Center in its completion of a baseline study of human rights and the rule of law status throughout the region.

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