The Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI) Human Rights Facility is a two-year initiative of the European Union to support the ASEAN regional integration agenda. Through sectoral policy dialogue and knowledge development, READI Human Rights Facility supports the policy development process in non-trade related areas via supporting the ASEAN community blue prints and drawing on European experience and know-how.
READI Human Rights Facility is structured in a flexible manner, which will allow it to respond to evolving policy priorities during its 2-year lifetime from 2015 to 2017. The policy dialogues which READI supports are demand driven by EU and ASEAN policy makers – in particular the four ASEAN human rights bodies/committees (the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and the Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, the ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers and the ASEAN Committee on Women) – and the facility is jointly managed by the EU, through its Delegation in Jakarta, and ASEAN, through the ASEAN Secretariat, also in Jakarta.
The current project – READI Human Rights Facility – provides exclusive support to READI Facility in the areas of human rights, as a continuation of the current programme which was highly successful and very much appreciated. To facilitate implementation of activities and policy formulation, a technical assistance team has been contracted through a consortium of consulting firms led by Transtec with headquarters in Brussels. The technical assistance team assembles five international specialists and local managerial support. Together they have 2,600 expert working days and one million euros for incidental expenditures at their disposal.