Statement by Ambassador Hoang Chi Trung on behalf of ASEAN on Agenda Item 83: “The Rule of Law at National and International Levels”
10-14-2009, 10:06 am
Statement by Ambassador Hoang Chi Trung, Deputy Permanent
Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations on behalf of ASEAN at the
Sixth Committee of the 64th Session of the UNGA on Agenda Item 83:
“The Rule of Law at National and International Levels”
14 October 2009
have the honor to address the Committee on behalf of the ten Member Statesof the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations or ASEAN, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao
People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand and Viet Nam.
At the outset, ASEAN would like to
express its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his first annual report
on strengthening and coordinating United Nations rule of law activities contained in document A/64/298. The report
provides a comprehensive reference of key UN achievements and its
approach in advancing and strengthening the rule of law at both national and
international levels in many parts of the world.
shares the conviction that respect for the rule of law at all levels is
essential for the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as
the advancement of socioeconomic development.
ASEAN has turned a new chapter in
the history of the organization with the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter
in December 2008. The Charter reaffirmed the commitment of all ASEAN Member
States to internationally recognized principles as contained in declarations,
agreements, conventions, concords, treaties and other legal instruments of the
organization. Among the 14 principles highlighted in the ASEAN Charter are adherence
to the rule of law, good governance, the principles of democracy and
constitutional government and upholding the United Nations Charter and
international law. The Charter also conferred on the organization a legal
The ASEAN Charter envisaged the
transformation of an association of ten Southeast Asian Nations into a truly
rules-based, people-centered and closely integrated ASEAN Community by 2015.
The ASEAN Community would be based on three pillars: the political and security
community, the economic community and the socio-cultural community.
To be truly rules-based, all ASEAN Member States
have committed to
promoting the implementation of their obligations under international treaties
to which they are parties to and to ensuring a more effective enforcement of
agreements within ASEAN. We have been working continuously to develop and
strengthen institutional and legal frameworks of the organization as envisaged
in the Charter, including the establishment of a dispute settlement mechanism
in the region.
be people-centered and demonstrate collective commitment to good governance,
ASEAN is moving forward with the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental
Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). At the recent meeting of ASEAN Foreign
Ministers in Phuket, Thailand, in July, the Ministers
adopted the Terms of Reference for the AICHR. The Commission is scheduled to be
officially established at the 15th ASEAN Summit to be held in Cha Am – Hua Hin, Thailand
at the end of this month. The establishment of the AICHR would be the first
step in an evolving process to advance the cause of human rights in Southeast Asia.
ASEAN is committed to realizing a
community of Southeast Asian nations that is grounded upon a commitment to the
rule of law at national, regional and international levels. We believe that a
rules-based, people-centered and more integrated ASEAN would allow us to play a
greater role in the advancement of Southeast Asia,
as well as to be an even more effective partner of the United Nations and
countries outside the region.