Last September 10, 2019, the Miriam College Department of International Studies launched the IS@50 Lecture Series as part of its long year-round 50th year anniversary celebration. As a pioneer of the International Studies program in the Philippines, the IS Department is committed in continuing to mentor our students on global, regional, and national political issues; with emphasis on human rights, peace studies, development studies, and gender equality.
The inaugural lecture focuses on “Human Rights in the ASEAN-Constraints, Commitments, and Compliance” where Ms. Yuyun Wahningyurum of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights was the guest speaker. Yuyun believed in the importance of upholding the international human rights law where the idea of human rights is universal, however, she also recognizes the cultural diversity of states, particularly ASEAN states.
“Even though the ASEAN is going towards different directions, they are still moving towards one association, and they still have to meet in the middle,” says Yuyun with so much hope and aspiration that there will always be room for negotiation, bargaining, and engagement.