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APPOINTMENT OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE
ASEAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICHR)
FOR THE TERM 2019-2021
The Government of Malaysia has decided to appoint Mr. Eric Paulsen as the new Representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) for the term 2019-2021. Mr. Eric Paulsen succeeds Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon who has served as the Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR for a three-year term of 2016-2018. The appointment of Mr. Eric Paulsen follows a rigorous process of selection by a specially-established Selection Committee, which was entrusted to assess and evaluate all applications and interview shortlisted candidates.
Mr. Eric Paulsen read law at the University of London (External) and obtained a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from University College London, United Kingdom. He is presently the Legal Director for Fortify Rights, a non-profit human rights organisation in Southeast Asia that works towards preventing and remedying human rights violations. He is also the co-founder of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) in 2011, a leading human rights organisation in Malaysia. He then served as LFL’s Executive Director from 2014 to June 2018. Mr. Eric Paulsen had also worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), serving in Bangladesh, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal and South Africa.
With his vast experience and keen interest in human rights issues, the Government of Malaysia is confident that Mr. Eric Paulsen will be able to discharge his duties and responsibilities in defending and protecting Malaysia’s interests in human rights’ issues on the AICHR’s platform.
The appointment of Mr. Eric Paulsen is a clear manifestation of the Government of Malaysia’s desire to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms issues at the forefront of ASEAN’s agenda through the AICHR.
The Government of Malaysia also wishes to place on record its appreciation to Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon 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 in the region. 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.
14 January 2019