Monday, September 14, 2015

women's participation in ‪‎peace‬ and ‪‎democratic‬ ‪‎governance‬ in Myanmar‬/Burma‬

ASEAN Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Caucus stands in solidarity with the women of Myanmar/Burma as they call and assert for a free, inclusive and meaningful political participation. ASEAN SOGIE Caucus upholds the belief that a legitimate form of governance requires that people, the rights-holders, have access to all spaces and processes of decision-making especially on matters affecting their lives.

We express deep concern that the Myanmar government has imposed restrictions to political participation, including the curtailment of freedom of speech and expression, which limits opportunities to hold the military and others in authority accountable. We also express concern over the increasing state sanctioned discriminatory measures on the basis of a person’s SOGIE, which has resulted to arrests and stigmatization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons[1].

ASEAN SOGIE Caucus hope that as all people stand side-by-side with the call for gender equality in peacebuilding and democratization, we also continue to challenge and work towards the eradication of social beliefs, customs and practices that disadvantage people on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

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