PHNOM PENH : Southeast Asian leaders endorsed a controversial human rights pact during an annual summit that kicked off yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Heads of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) hailed their declaration as a landmark agreement that would help protect the region's 600 million people. "It's a legacy for our children," Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said after the signing ceremony.
But critics said drafts of the pact lacked public consultation and allowed too many loopholes for Asean and its varied political systems.
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