Day two: Morning session - Second Meeting of the APCJJ Subcommittee for ASEAN

The second day of the meeting began with presentations by ASEAN Member States representatives, who introduced their countries’ perspectives on cross-border issues concerning children in conflict with the law, regarding interventions, plans, challenges, and recommendations. This session included representatives and experts from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. 

In this session: 

- Brunei was represented by Ms. Datin Paduka Intan MD. Kassim, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as well as representative of the ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).

- Indonesia was represented by Mr. Andi Taletting Langi, Deputy Director of the Doctoral Program of Human Resources Management, and Ms. Elfina Sahetapy, from the Faculty of Law at the University of Surabaya.

- Malaysia’s roundtable discussion was moderated by Her Excellency, Dato' Nazirah Hussain, Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand, and featured Ms. Heng Keng Chiam, Commissioner and former Professor of Social Psychology, as well as Malaysian Representative of the ACWC, who gave a comprehensive overview of the Malaysian legislative framework. 

- The Philippines was represented by Ms. Monica Pagunsan, Director of Planning and Management Service at the Department of Justice.  

- Finally, Singapore was represented by Dr. Razwana Begum, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Following these interventions by representatives from the ASEAN states, the participants of the Second Meeting of the APCJJ Subcommittee for ASEAN worked on the joint drafting of guidelines for cross-border issues in the region. The drafting was jointly moderated by Mr. Cédric Foussard, IJJO’s Director of International Affairs, and Dr. Kattiya Ratanadilok, Head of Research and Development at the DJOP of the Thai Ministry of Justice. 

This discussion featured two academics, Mr. Wing-Cheong Chan, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, and Mr. Ton Liefaard, Head of the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at the Law School of Leiden University, as well as member of the IJJO’s European Council for Juvenile Justice.

At the end of this morning session, conclusions on the proceedings and reflections on bringing the cross border issue to the ACWC were presented by Dr. Heng Keng Chiam.