Statement on Brunei’s New Penal Code

Brunei’s new Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 has provisions that clearly infringe on universal human rights and will open up women, children and sexual minorities to more violations. With harsh Syariah law embraced, what will happen to the fate of women in Brunei? ASEAN needs to take action.

The statement attempts to point how the new penal code violates international human rights and Brunei’s own committed obligations under ASEAN. The new Syariah Penal Code Order is a major regression for human rights in Brunei Darussalam, and in ASEAN. Hence, Women’s Caucus through this statement urges ASEAN and its sectoral bodies, particularly AICHR and ACWC to refer to ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. Article no. 39 explicitly calls for inter alia cooperation to fulfill commitments to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedom in accordance with ASEAN Charter.

The Statement can be accessed here WC_concern_Brunei Penal Code_FINAL

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