PETALING JAYA: Former Bar Council committee member Edmund Bon Tai Soon has been appointed Malaysia’s new representative to the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).
Bon, who has been appointed for the 2016-2018 term, succeeds Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who occupied the position for two consecutive terms from 2010 until 2015.
“With vast experience and exposure in high-profile public interest litigation over the past 18 years, the appointment of Mr Edmund Bon is a strong manifestation of the Government of Malaysia’s desire to bring human rights and fundamental freedom issues at the forefront of Asean’s agenda through the AICHR,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Bon is currently the head of chambers (civil), practising under AmerBON Advocates.
AICHR was established in 2009 under Article 14 of the Asean Charter, and is one of the grouping’s organs with a cross-cutting mandate to promote and protect human rights in the region.
“As an intergovernmental body that reports directly to Asean foreign ministers, AICHR plays a key role in setting the tone for human rights cooperation with other Asean organs, sectoral bodies and related external parties,” the ministry said.