Cayetano: ASEAN won’t politicize human rights

MANILA– Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said ASEAN places great importance on human rights and will not engage in politicizing it.

In an interface of ASEAN Foreign Ministers and ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Cayetano said human rights and dignity of human lives would never be compromised in the region.

He noted that AICHR played a crucial role in preserving human rights in ASEAN, as the region faced more challenges in this field as it strengthened ASEAN Community.

The coming years will bring more challenges in the field of human rights as we aim to strengthen our ASEAN Community and engage the world more extensively, said Cayetano, who is also the chair of ASEAN Foreign Ministers.

I am confident that AICHR will be able to help ASEAN reassure all our stakeholder and partners that indeed, ASEAN is placing a great importance to human rights — if I may add — without politicizing human rights, Cayetano added.

He assured AICHR representatives ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ support to promote and protect human rights in the region.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the strong commitment of AICHR in promoting and protecting human rights in the region. AICHR can count on the continued support of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers in its endeavors, Cayetano said.

Source: Philippine News Agency