Singapore appoints ex-judge to Asean Human Rights Commission


The Singapore government has appointed a retired senior district judge, Richard R. Magnus, as the city-state’s representative to the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

The AICHR is an organ of Asean established in accordance with the Asean Charter as the overarching human rights institution in Asean, with overall responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights in the regional grouping.

It will be inaugurated by the Asean leaders at the 15th Asean Summit in Thailand tomorrow.

This follows the Asean Foreign Ministers’ approval of the terms of reference for the AICHR at the 42nd Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phuket last July.

Magnus retired as the Senior District Judge after 40 years of career with the Singapore legal service, according to the republic’s Foreign Affairs Ministry today.

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