MNHRC Participation in the Workshop on Women and Peace and Security in ASEAN

        By the invitation of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Professor Daw Than Nwe, Member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) participated in the workshop on the Women and Peace and Security in ASEAN, held at the Manila, the Philippines from 09 to 10 December 2013.

           The representatives of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the representatives to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the representatives of the ASEAN Institute of Peace and Reconciliation, the representatives of Ministries of National Defense, ASEAN Secretariat, and Civil Society Representatives working on issues of women, peace and security in ASEAN, National Human Rights Institutions of ASEAN Member States, among others, attended the Workshop.

          Workshop Objectives are –

–         Participants better understand situation of  violations of the rights of women in conflict situations;

–         Participants  understand  the types and levels of participation of women in peace processes;

–         Participants increase knowledge of national, regional and international normative frameworks and mechanisms for addressing the WPS Agenda including links with the CEDAW ; and

–         Participants make recommendations for the possible development of an ASEAN WPS Agenda/ Framework.

           Workshop on Women and Peace and Security in Southeast Asia mainly focused on the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820,1888, 1889, 1920,emphasizing four elements: Protection, Prevention, Participation and Relief and Recovery.

           These resolutions have strong links with the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the only two international human rights conventions which have been ratified by all ten members of ASEAN. The WPS resolution and these Conventions share common requirements for participation, equality and protection. WPS resolutions clearly articulate the meaning of CEDAW in conflict contexts; while CEDAW has implementation mechanisms which can help ensure follow –up on WPS issues.

          The overall aim of the seminar is to improve awareness among participants on the issues relating to human rights of women in conflict and post conflict situation; of normative framework, policies and mechanisms to address these issues; and to explore possibilities / opportunities for advancing the WPS agenda in ASEAN.

24 December 2013


MNHRC participate in the workshop on Post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Human Rights

At the invitation by the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia, on behalf of AICHR, Commissioner of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Nyan Zaw participated in the workshop on Post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Human Rights, held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 11 December 2013 to 12 December 2013.

The representation from ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Staff Members from ASEAN National Human Rights Commission, Governmental Officials from ASEAN Countries and CSOs from ASEAN Countries attended the workshop.

The grounds of discussions in the workshop are:

(a)     Convergence of Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) and Sustainable  Development Goals (SDGs) Processes

(b)   Overview of how Human Rights based Approach has been applied in the implementation of MDG’s 2015 in ASEAN Member States.

(c)   Role of Regional Organizations in Ensuring Post 2015 Human Rights based Approach Development Agenda.

(d)   Translation Post 2015 Development Agenda and Human Rights in ASEAN.

(e)  Measuring and Monitoring the Progress of Human Rights based Development Agenda Post 2015.

(f)   Role of ASEAN Multi Stakeholders in Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Dr. Nyan Zaw participated as a moderator on Session IV and intervened in the discussion of eradication of poverty and targets, indicators for non-communicable diseases. ( Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart diseases).