H.E. Ambassador Le Hoai Trung
Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
behalf of Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
April 17, 2013
It gives me
great honour and privilege to speak on behalf of the ten Member States of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, namely Brunei Darussalam,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and my own country Viet Nam.
At the outset,
we would like to thank you, Mr. President, for convening today’s debate on
important issue of women, peace and security. We would also like to thank the
Secretary-General for his comprehensive report contained in document S/2013/149
which provides a useful basis for our deliberation. We extend our sincere
appreciation to the Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict and
Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping for their comprehensive briefings.
in armed conflict is not a new phenomenon and has occurred in several corners
of the world. Sexual violence in armed conflict has
harmful and lasting economic,
social, cultural and health consequences for
victims, families, and communities, even after conflict has ended. We are
deeply concerned about the dire plight of women and girls in situations of armed
conflict. We condemn all violence against women in armed conflicts, including
sexual violence. We recognize the urgent need to address their plight.
The ASEAN Member
States wish to reiterate our strong commitment to working closely with the
international community and the United Nations in ending sexual violence
wherever it occurs, and have been supportive of efforts to eliminate and
prevent all acts of violence against women. ASEAN attaches great importance to
the implementation of the landmark resolution 1325 (2000) and the subsequent
resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009) and 1960 (2010). ASEAN
supports the continued efforts of Special Representative for Sexual Violence in
Conflict and relevant United Nations bodies to advance the women, peace and
security agenda in accordance with their respective mandates.
At national and
regional levels, ASEAN Member States have been establishing legal and policy
frameworks and implementing mechanisms to further enhance the status and
welfare of women and girls and to eliminate all forms of violence against
women, including sexual violence. These efforts are strengthened with the
adoption of, among many others, the Declaration on the Advancement of Women in
ASEAN in 1988, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in
the ASEAN Region in 2004 and the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights in 2012.
ASEAN also established the ASEAN Committee on Women in 2002 and the ASEAN
Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the ASEAN Commission on the
Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC) in 2009, which aim to uphold, promote, protect, respect and fulfill the
human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and children in the ASEAN.
In this context,
Mr. President, ASEAN Member States would
like to underline the followings:
the fundamental causes of sexual violence in armed conflict should be tackled
at its root. A preventive mechanism which addresses the root causes of
armed conflict should be implemented. ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation,
which aims to promote perpetual peace, everlasting amity and cooperation among
their people, is a regional framework which we have put in place to do so. These
root causes should be addressed through, inter-alia, promoting the rule of law,
good governance, democracy, poverty eradication, sustainable development , respect
for and protection of human rights, and providing multi-sectoral assistance and
services to the specific needs of women and girls.
preventing and eradicating sexual violence against women is closely linked to
women’s empowerment, and gender equality. ASEAN views women as agents of change
who should participate in full and equal part in peace, conflict resolution,
peace-building and post-conflict processes. In this regard, continued efforts
by the international community to address sexual violence in armed conflict must
be supported. Most recently, the 57th session of the Commission on
the Status of Women adopted Agreed Conclusion on the elimination of violence
against women and girls. This was widely hailed by governments, UN officials
and civil society as a huge step forward and a historic global agreement in the
on-going efforts to protect women and girls from violence.
Member Countries are of the view that the States must bear responsibility and
exert their utmost in preventing and addressing sexual violence in armed
conflict. The United Nations and international
community can play their supporting roles by providing assistance and sharing
their best experiences and best practices to help States to exercise that
Let me conclude,
Mr. President, by stressing ASEAN’s readiness and commitment to join efforts with the international community to ensure the elimination
of sexual violence in armed conflict, and implement effective measures of
accountability and redress in the field of women and peace and security.
I thank you.