Practice Relating to Rule 93. Rape and Other Forms of Sexual Violence
In 2015, in a statement before the UN Security Council during an open debate on children and armed conflict, made on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the permanent representative of Viet Nam stated:
ASEAN … remains deeply concerned about the fact that growing number[s] of children continue to be affected by grave violations in armed conflicts, including killing and sexual violence. … It is all the more alarming as we are witnessing the rise of complex and well-organised non-state armed groups that have total disregard for international law, especially in certain regions in the Middle East and Africa.
We urge States, United Nations entities with their respective mandates, relevant international and regional organizations and other stakeholders to redouble their efforts to address, with added vigour, these new challenges posed by violent non-state armed groups.
In 2015, in a statement before the UN Security Council during the High-Level Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, made on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the permanent representative of Viet Nam stated:
4. Although much progress has been made in key aspects of the landmark Resolution 1325 and subsequent relevant resolutions, gaps in implementation still need to be addressed even as we tackle new challenges.
Indeed, today’s security environment differs dramatically from that of fifteen years ago. ASEAN is deeply concerned by the unprecedented threats posed by wars and conflicts ravaging many states and regions, the rise of violent extremism, and the increasing number of refugees and internally displaced people. We are particularly alarmed by the horrendous phenomenon of widespread sexual violence against women and girls.
7. ASEAN is gravely troubled by the violation of the rights of women and girls, in conflicts and by extremist non-state actors. We particularly deplore sexual violence against women and girls, especially when it is deployed as a tactic of war. Women and girls in conflicts are also being deprived of their most basic needs, including shelter, food, water and healthcare. We call on the United Nations and the international community to take immediate action to end all acts of conflict-related sexual violence and provide protection and support to women and girls in conflicts.