HLAP Report Public Seminars held in SE Asian capitals

High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast AsiaThe High-Level Advisory Panel (HLAP) report provides 13 recommendations to further the Responsibility to Protect at regional and national levels in Southeast Asia. The report has already been launched in CambodiaBangkok and Jakarta, with similar public seminars planned for Kuala Lumpur in December 2015, and Manila in 2016.

To learn more about upcoming APR2P events close to you, contact the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P

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HLAP Report Public Seminar held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On the 12 August 2015, Asia Pacifc Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) co-hosted a public seminar about the HLAP report on Mainstreaming R2P in Southeast Asia: Pathway to a Caring ASEAN Community.

Dr Surin Pitsuwan, HLAP Chair

Dr Surin Pitsuwan

Dr Surin Pitsuwan, HLAP Chair and former ASEAN Secretary General, was the guest of honour and speaker in the public seminar. He expressed high hopes that Cambodia would appoint a national focal point on R2P.

Some 60 local participants, including senior government officials and representatives from the diplomatic community, academe, think tanks, and civil society groups participated in the seminar.

Following the event, Pou Sothirak, the executive director of the CICP, expressed in his op-ed in the Phnom Penh Post that “Cambodia should take the leading role in ASEAN in mainstreaming mass atrocities prevention as an integral part of its security agenda with emphasis on how individual states could effectively implement R2P to protect civilians.”

See the HLAP Report here.

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Members of HLAP featured at the R2P at 10 Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On 26-27 February 2015, The Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Conference was held in Sofitel Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mr Rafendi Djamin Indonesia’s representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

Mr Rafendi Djamin
Indonesia’s representative to the ASEAN
Intergovernmental Commission on Human
Rights (AICHR)

The conference consisted of a series of plenary keynote speeches by leaders from the UN and the region, and 10 roundtable sessions focused on specific policy questions. Participants included a total of 51 invited speakers and more than 200 delegates including UN and governmental leaders, R2P Focal Points, diplomats and officials from the Asia Pacific region, eminent experts on R2P, and prominent civil society representatives.

Members of the High Level Advisory Panel (HLAP) on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia were featured in the second plenary session.

The two key points emerging from the session were that:

  • R2P has been endorsed by the UN, and
  • R2P is consistent with ASEAN values and international law.

Ambassador Kak-soo Shin
  Korea National Diplomatic Academy

Speakers agreed that since ASEAN was established to create a peaceful society in Southeast Asia, preventing genocide and other mass atrocities are firmly within the scope of the organization. In the years ahead, greater attention should be paid to the principle’s second pillar, which focuses on international assistance, and to satisfying demands for justice in the wake of genocide and mass atrocities.

Read the full report here.

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Public Seminars on the HLAP Report on Mainstreaming R2P in Southeast Asia: Bangkok and Jakarta


On 30 October 2014, the Asia Pacifc Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University organized in Bangkok, the first public seminar in the region on the High Level Advisory Panel’s (HLAP) Report, Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect: Pathway Towards a Caring ASEAN Community.

The public seminar was conducted in Thai and was attended by some 70 participants from academe, government, civil society, media, and offcials from the military and police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice.

Similarly, on 27 January 2015, the Centre, in cooperation with Human Rights Working Group (HRWG)-Indonesia and the Embassy of The Netherlands, organized a public seminar on the HLAP Report at the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta. Some 50 participants from various sectors attended the seminar, which was conducted in Bahasa Indonesia.


Based on these two public seminars on the HLAP Report, it is clear that
R2P is not perceived as an alien concept or as being in confict with ASEAN values and norms. However, it needs to be contextualized and properly understood through dialogue,
building public awareness and deeper knowledge, and engaging further various stakeholders at the national and regional levels as part of mainstreaming the norm.

A number of participants in these seminars saw the importance of incorporating R2P in local values, government policies, and in ASEAN’s existing mechanisms to enhance capacity of states and societies in the region to prevent mass atrocities. It is important to note that, in the Jakarta seminar, there were suggestions on what the next HLAP Report should focus on, specifcally on R2P’s relationship with other norms in the region, enhancing the capacity of states and ASEAN as a regional organization, as well as the challenge of promoting accountability for past atrocity crimes.

See the Spotlight article for more information.

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Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia: Pathway to a Caring ASEAN Community

High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia


On 9 September, 2014 the High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia released its on Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia: Pathway Towards a Caring ASEAN Community

Read the Executive Summary here or see the  Full Report

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