Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia stands to make a significant contribution to the ‘sharing and caring’ ASEAN Community that the Association’s Member States aspire to achieve in 2015.
To this effect, the UN High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia provides 13 recommendations to further the Responsibility to Protect at regional and national levels. The report also recommends five strategies to strengthen the relationship between ASEAN and the UN. The executive summary and recommendations are available for download.
The main objective of the High Level Advisory Panel is to support efforts to promote the Responsibility to Protect and to contribute further to its implementation in the ASEAN region. By presenting analysis and 13 recommendations, the High Level Advisory Panel aims to contribute ideas for the strengthening of regional capacity to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and protect the peoples of Southeast Asia from these crimes, thereby mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia.
Background to the report
In 2013 under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide Mr. Adama Dieng wrote to Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN, requesting advice on the steps that might be taken to promote the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia. Recognising the 2005 World Summit commitment made by ASEAN Member States, and mindful of the ongoing multi-track efforts in the region aimed at promoting the goals of the Responsibility to Protect, in April 2013 Dr. Surin convened a small group of eminent persons to establish a High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia.
It is against this background that the report now being presented was prepared. It reflects the deliberations of the panel’s members on the kinds of challenges faced by States and non-State actors in mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia. In addressing these challenges, the report pays particular attention to the role of ASEAN in supporting the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
High-Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia - Membership
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Chair
Hung Nguyen Duy
Dr. Makarim Wibisono
Dr. Alberto Romulo
The High-Level Advisory Panel is supported by a secretariat comprising Prof. Alex Bellamy (The University of Queensland, Australia) and Prof. Mely Caballero Anthony (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). The panel acknowledges financial support provided by the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.