S’pore academic to lead Asean human rights study

A Singapore law professor from the Singapore Management University (SMU) will lead a research project to study the legal
framework supporting human rights in the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

The project, launched in Jakarta yesterday by the Human Rights Resource Centre for Asean (HRRCA), will include country reports on the 10 countries.

In a statement in Singapore today, SMU said Mahdev Mohan, who is also the associate fellow of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, would lead researchers from at least eight Asean states that would contribute to the study.

The study will survey key issues associated with the rule of law and good governance as they relate to the protection and promotion of human rights in Asean member-states.

Adherence to good governance and rule of law, as well as the promotion and protection of human rights are core principles contained in the Asean Charter.

The researchers will gather next month to discuss the survey to be used to develop the country reports that will be finalised by early next year.

The complete report will be presented at an Asean-wide human rights conference planned for March.

The HRRCA, headquartered at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, is an independent network of academic and civil society institutions that seeks to complement and support the work of the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.

It also provides a strong regional focus on human rights research, capacity building, training and teaching.

The HRRCA will hold its official launch in Jakarta on Oct 19.

The current partner institutions of the HRRCA are University of Indonesia, Ateneo University School of Law (Philippines), University of Malaya (Malaysia), and the Law School of the National University of Singapore.

– Bernama

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