U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden hosted an interactive discussion on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, featuring U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Fuchs and Mr. Rafendi Djamin from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). The event, held at the @america Culture Center in Jakarta, was well attended by one hundred university students from Universitas Paramadina and Universitas Pelita Harapan, as well as members of the diplomatic community, civil service organizations, and the press.
On 18 November 2012, the ten ASEAN heads of state signed the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), reaffirming their commitment to human rights as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter. But many human rights organizations believe the AHRD does not go far enough, undermining the universal rights and freedoms set forth in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States has expressed “disappointment and concern” about the AHRD.