ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Charter

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Adopted on November 20, 2007. Entered into force on December 15, 2008.

Relevant Provisions of the ASEAN Charter

Article 1: Purposes of the ASEAN

7. To strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, with due regard to the rights and fundamental freedoms, with due regard to the rights and responsibilities of the Member States of ASEAN.

11. To enhance the well-being and livelihood of the peoples of ASEAN by providing them with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice.

Article 2: Principles

h) ASEAN States adhere to the rule of law, good governance, the principles of democracy and constitutional government;

i) ASEAN States respect fundamental freedoms, the promotion and protection of human rights, and the promotion of social justice.

j) ASEAN States uphold the United Nations Charter and international law, including international humanitarian law, subscribed to by ASEAN Member States.

Article 14: ASEAN Human Rights Body

1. In conformity with the purposes and principles of the ASEAN Charter relating to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, ASEAN shall establish an ASEAN human rights body.

2. This ASEAN human rights body shall operate in accordance with the terms of reference to be determined by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Status of Ratification and Deposit of the Instrument of Ratification of the ASEAN Charter[1]

Country Date on Instrument of Ratification Date of Deposit of Instrument of Ratification
Brunei Darussalam 31 January 2008 15 February 2008
Kingdom of Cambodia 02 April 2008 18 April 2008
Republic of Indonesia 11 November 2008 13 November 2008
Lao People's Democratic Republic 14 February 2008 20 February 2008
Malaysia 14 February 2008 20 February 2008
Union of Myanmar 11 July 2008 21 July 2008
Republic of the Philippines 05 May 2008 (by the President) and 07 October 2008 (by the Senate) 03 November 2008
Republic of Singapore 18 December 2007 07 January 2008
Kingdom of Thailand 15 November 2008 15 November 2008
Socialist Republic of Viet Nam 14 March 2008 19 March 2008