One of the important decisions made by the Asean Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in their first meeting in Brunei Darussalam last month was their agreement to review the body's Terms of Reference (ToR).
According to Article 9.6 of the ToR, AICHR will be reviewed five years after its establish, which means the review is due in 2014. Indonesia will take the lead in this process together with Singapore.
The review may have both positive and negative implications for the future human rights architecture in Asean. But one thing it must achieve is the creation of a clear target to improve the protection mandate of AICHR, which is currently lacking.
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