Following the rejection of nominees elected by CSOs as Interface Delegates in the countries namely Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore, Women’s Caucus have submitted its appeal to the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN to immediately permit the nominees previously selected unanimously by CSOs, or be allowed to make another selection, or to leave the space vacant.
Women’s Caucus stressed that the act of sheer rejection of the CSO representatives, selected through democratic national process, goes against ASEAN’s drive towards people-oriented ASEAN, if not people-centered. Without the genuinely selected CSO delegates, the Interface meeting scheduled for 11th May, 2014 will not serve the actual purpose and meaning of Interface meeting. Without democratic participation of its people, ASEAN community building will be meaningless.
The letter can be accessed here: WC_Appeal_accept.for.Interface.CSOs.reps