We, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippine, and Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste are deeply concerned that in some circumstances in armed conflict, sexual violence against women and girls continues to be deployed as weapon of war.

 Against all odds, in the last twenty years, countries in Southeast Asia have enjoyed peace and stability and have not experienced any open and large-scale conflict in its region. The establishment of ASEAN, among others, has contributed to this peace and stability. To a larger extent, the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation has constituted a code of behavior for ASEAN Member States and other country signatories in the region and beyond, that provides a mechanism for the peaceful settlement of disputes through regional processes.

In the region, we have gradually but consistently built up our capacity to pursue peace and prevent conflicts, not only in terms of conceptual, normative and institutional development but also in its on-the-ground engagement in preventing and resolving conflicts. Through these home-grown efforts and experiences, we have many lessons to learn and practices to share with the wider global community.

 Indonesia, the Philippine and Timor-Leste believe that our participation in the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict launched by the United Kingdom last September, and supported by more that 140 countries, is another opportunity to share our regional brand of peaceful settlement and dialogue with other regions.

 We welcome the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict as an important forum to share best practices and lesson learned from each country and/or region on how best to address the negative impact of armed conflict, particularly the use of sexual violence as weapon of war and its dire consequences for women, men, children and their communities during and post conflict.

 In this regard, as part of our commitment as signatories of the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, we reaffirm our determination to work individually and jointly to:

1.       Accelerate effort to address sexual violence in armed conflict through increased access to justice, including ensuring accountability for the perpetrators and reparations as well as rehabilitation for victims;

2.   Address the root causes of violence, and at the same time, create an enabling environment for women and children through educating men and women and changing gender stereotypes, attitudes and beliefs that condone violence as well as promoting gender equitable norms and behaviors and women’s participation in decision-making;

3.     Provide better access to comprehensive services, such as food, shelter, health care, psychosocial care and education, during and in the aftermath of conflict;

4.  Increase our role and participation in peacekeeping operation, including in this regard by providing trainings to our peace keeping officers on gender issues, particularly on sexual violence, to enable them to prevent, identify and solve cases of sexual violence;

5.      Improve the deployment and involvement of civilians as a key additional dimension to international peacekeeping, through among others, establishing a broader and deeper pool of civilian experts to support the immediate capacity development needs of countries emerging from conflict;

6.   Work together, and with national, regional and international partners, to end the scourge of sexual violence as well as violence and discrimination against women and girls in general. To take this forward, we will work with governments, public and private institutions, professional bodies and civil society in the region;

7.      Promote gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory policies in governance.

June 2014,

 

RM Marty M. Natalegawa             Albert F. Del Rosario                    José Luís Guterres

Minister for Foreign Affairs          Secretary of Foreign                     Minister of State and of

The Republic of Indonesia            Affairs The Republic of                 Foreign Affairs and         

                                                         the Philippine                                 Cooperation Democratic

Republic of Timor-Leste


 


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