The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its fourth Youth Debate on Human Rights on 4-6 September 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The debate provided a platform for young people in ASEAN to express their views on human rights and interact with experts/academics on human rights issues within the region. The event also aimed to nurture critical thinking, public speaking, leadership and other relevant skills among the young people and future leaders of ASEAN.
The AICHR Youth Debate on Human Rights 2017 was organised by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, in collaboration with various agencies in Thailand, including Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, Faculty of Law, Thammasart University and Chulalongkorn University. The event was supported by ASEAN -U.S. PROGRESS.
About 40 university students from the ten ASEAN Member States participated in the event, including 3 debaters and 1 observer from each country. 10 ASEAN university student observers are divided into 5 groups and supervised about the making of a video presentation. During the program, they produced a short video, which has been shown on 6 September 2017 during lunch and a popular vote has decided the winner. The title of a winner video presentation is "Raise your hands. Please have a watch from the below links.
1. Raising our hands for Human Rights
2. Child Rights and We, Silence
3. My diary of Freedom
4. Musical Chairs
5. All Rights Matter