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APPOINTMENT OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE ASEAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICHR) FOR THE TERM 2022-2024
The Government of Malaysia has appointed YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr. Aishah Bidin as the new Representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) for the term 2022-2024. She succeeds Mr. Eric Paulsen who served as the Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR for a three-year term of 2019-2021.
Professor Dato’ Dr Aishah Bidin is a Fellow and Professor of Corporate and Insolvency Law at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. She was a former Professor of Corporate and Insolvency Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Malaysia (UKM) and also a former Commissioner at the Malaysian Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) responsible for the portfolio on Business and Human Rights. Professor Dato’ Dr. Aishah Bidin also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Malaysian Corporate Law Reform Committee (CLRC), member of the Review Committee of Bankruptcy and Corporate Insolvency Law of Malaysia, under the Insolvency Department, Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia, and the Dean of the Faculty of Law, UKM and the former legal advisor of UKM Holdings.
With her vast experience in human rights issues, the Government is confident that Professor Dato’ Dr. Aishah Bidin will be able to discharge her duties and responsibilities in defending and promoting Malaysia’s interests on human rights’ issues through AICHR.
The appointment of Professor Dato’ Dr. Aishah Bidin is a clear manifestation of the Government’s commitment to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and promote these issues in ASEAN’s agenda through the AICHR. The Government also wishes to place on record its appreciation to Mr. Eric Paulsen as Malaysia’s Representative to AICHR for his service and dedication for the past three years.
The AICHR, established in 2009 under Article 14 of the ASEAN Charter, is one of the ASEAN organs with overarching and cross-cutting mandate for the promotion and protection of human rights. As an intergovernmental body that reports directly to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers, the AICHR plays a key role in setting the tone for human rights cooperation with other ASEAN organs, ASEAN sectoral bodies and related external parties.
DATO’ SRI SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
19 MARCH 2022