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HRWG Calls for AICHR to Adopt Human Rights on the Internet

By Human Rights Working Group  •  July 27, 2012

Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) calls for ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to adopt the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet access in ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). HRWG  has sent the submission to H.E. Om Yentieng, Chairperson of AICHR on July 27, 2012.

“We believe that the current draft may include the promotion and protection of freedom of expression in offline manner, and we call upon  ICHR to ensure that it is also protected online. This addition would be one of the added values of the AHRD to respond and be fit with the  current situation,” said Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Senior Advisor of Human Rights and ASEAN on HRWG in Jakarta, (27/7).

Yuyun adds this area could be categorized as adding to a people-centered character of the draft. “Furthermore, Internet now is one of the most important tools for development and for exercising human rights in the region”.

This is also in line with current public discourse on Human Rights when UN released resolution regarding the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet (A/HRC/20/L.13). This resolution recognizes, among other things, the global and open nature of the Internet as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms; as well as a call to all States to promote and facilitate access to the Internet and international cooperation aimed at the development of media and information and communications facilities in all countries.

Strengthening Yuyun statement, Choirul Anam, Deputy Director of HRWG stated that people of ASEAN use internet for improving their live hood. “AHRD should aware with the globalized changing situation. We condemn every restriction on it,” said Anam.

HRWG is Indonesia’s NGO Coalition for International Human Rights Advocacy. Established by a the majority of NGOs working in different issues but share interest in human rights to serve the need for elaborate advocacy works already in place with the aim of maximizing the goals and putting more pressures on the Indonesian government to execute its international and constitutional obligations to protecting, fulfilling, respecting and promoting human rights in the country.

Contact Person:

Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Senior Advisor on ASEAN and Human Rights, HRWG
Mobile +62 815 1054 3290
Email: wahyuningrum@gmail.com

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