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o Chairperson Lee Sung-ho of National Human Rights Commission of Korea attended the 22nd APF Annual Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand on 29-30 of November.
o APF Annual Meeting is an opportunity for 22 member NHRIs in Asia and Pacific to gather together to discuss measures for promotion and protection of human rights in member countries.
o Chairperson Lee, in his capacity as Chair of the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing, presented activities of the working group, strategic plan for and importance of promotion of human rights of older persons
o Chairperson Lee mentioned acknowledgement of formal participation right of NHRIs in the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing as a major achievement of the working group, and emphasized that the working group presented the necessity and main elements of a new convention on human rights of older persons, which led international cooperation and efforts for promotion of human rights of older persons.
o He also asked for keen attention and interest from member countries on the ASEM Global Ageing Center which will open in June 2018 in Seoul.
o At the meeting, member NHRIs expressed their gratitude to the work of NHRCK and urged for continuous dedication as a chair of the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing for promotion and protection of human rights of older persons.