The Southeast Asian Women´s Caucus on ASEAN has expressed disappointment in the final version of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) adopted by ASEAN leaders on 18 November 2012.
The Women´s Caucus said that the Declaration has too many limitations and loopholes to be useful. “The Declaration has failed to uphold international standards” said the Caucus. “The Declaration makes rights subject to national laws, but national laws may discriminate against women and may not be fully compliant with international human rights standards. The Declaration also states that rights need to be ‘balanced’ with responsibilities which undermines existing commitments that ASEAN states are party to” she added.