Tibetan Delegate Attends Int’l Conference on Human Rights in Southeast Asia


October 18, 2010 11:00 am

Tibetan Delegate Attends Int’l Conference on Human Rights in Southeast Asia  [Monday, 17 October 2010, 10:42 a.m.]


 
Ms Tsomo, a researcher at UN, EU and Human Rights Desk at the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Information & International Relations in India, (1st left), Rev Father Jim Thomas  and Dr Surin Pitsuwan (2nd right) during the conference in Thailand’s capital Bangkok       

Dharamshala: Around 350 participants from different countries,
including a Tibetan delegate, discussed ways to “promote greater
understanding and better protection of human rights in Southeast Asia”
during the first international conference on human rights in Southeast
Asia, held in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on 14 and 15 October.

 The
conference, organised by the Southeast Asia Human Rights Studies
Network (SEAHRN), brought together diverse range of participants, which
include members of the academia, civil society, national and
international agencies.  ”It will open up space for dialogue
and exchange of knowledge with focus on current trends, researches,
methodologies and emerging concerns in the field of human rights in the
region. This conference aims to ensure a dynamic and vigorous debate on
contemporary human rights in Southeast Asia,” the organisers said in a
statement.  Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN,
spoke of how human rights were at different stages of evolution in the
region. “Those who toy with the rhetoric of human rights and democracy
will have to live up to the standards of human rights and democracy in
the end – it is just a question of how long it will take,” Dr Pitsuwan
said.  ”In ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
many countries still see the individual in the context of the community
and thus individual human rights as a concept has yet to be fully
embraced. However with the governments of ASEAN signing the ASEAN
Charter which calls for the promotion and protection of human rights,
we are now moving ahead,” the organisers said.  Ms Tsomo, a
researcher at UN, EU and Human Rights Desk at the Central Tibetan
Administration’s Department of Information & International
Relations in India, attended the conference.   Ms Tsomo spoke
on the status of Tibetan refugees in Nepal and answered questions
raised on different issues on Tibet during a side event on refugees
organised by the Asian Christian Human Rights Concerns Network.