WC Letter to ASEAN’s foreign ministers on the AHRD

In time for the meeting between the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the foreign ministers of ASEAN member states during the latter’s ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last 8 July 2012, the Women’s Caucus urged the foreign ministers to have any references to “public morality” deleted from the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). PDF File here

The letter reads, “After consulting with our members as well as international law experts globally, we contend that the inclusion of “public morality” would serve to undermine the potential enjoyment of women’s human rights. The term has not been defined at law and has served to excuse grave violations against women, including sexual violence. While “public morality” is mentioned in Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in some national constitutions, we believe that ASEAN can strengthen women’s rights by removing the term in this important declaration, as was done in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.”

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