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Enhancing rule of law in the region

Brunei Darussalam will support initiatives to promote cooperation between ASEAN and Japan on the rule of law in the region, according to a statement from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) yesterday.

Following the ASEAN-Japan Special Meeting of Justice Ministers n Tokyo on Thursday, a work plan on law and justice and a joint statement from the AJSMJ was adopted after extensive discussions.

The documents have produced a roadmap for future endeavours for increasing cooperation in the field of law and justice by identifying new avenues for partnership, said the AGC.

Attorney General Dato Seri Paduka Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa delivered his statements in support of the joint statement and the workplan, noting the Sultanate’s support of the wide scope of objectives and activities to ensure resilience, maintain engagement and uphold the rule of law in the region, said the AGC.

The attorney general with a delegation from the AGC attended the AJSMJ.

The meeting marked the first ever occasion to bring together justice ministers and attorney generals of ASEAN member states and Japan.

The two documents endorsed in the meeting will strengthen the foundation of mutual understanding, trust and shared values that underpin ASEAN-Japan relations and pave the way for sustainable development, peace and prosperity in the region.

Identified areas of coordination and implementation include legal technical assistance, capacity building, criminal justice and promoting fundamental values such as the rule of law and respect for human rights.

The meeting was hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Justice. – Fadley Faisal

Attorney General Dato Seri Paduka Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa with counterparts from ASEAN member states and Japan. PHOTO: AGC
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