Regional groups urged AICHR to address human rights concerns arising from Brunei's Syariah Penal Code
In a joint letter sent to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AIHCR), ASC together with fellow regional human rights organizations, namely the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Forum Asia and the Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA), expressed concern over the human rights implications of Brunei's Syariah Penal Code. The groups argued that Brunei's Syariah law contradicts international human rights law, particularly those focusing on women's rights and children's rights.
With a closer look of the Syariah Penal Code, the groups cautioned that the provisions impose punishments that are considered a form of torture and ill-treatment. Moreover, the law restricts women's body autonomy and right to privacy as it criminalizes consensual sexual relations outside marriage. Moreover, there are provisions the limits freedom of religion, belief and expression.
Regional groups urged AICHR to act on the matter by engaging the government of Brunei to conduct dialogues, sharing of information and develop strategies to protect vulnerable groups that will be impacted by the law. They also urged the AICHR to make a clear statement expressing concern over Brunei.
Read the copy of the letter here: Brunei-AICHR-Letter-April-10-2019.pdf