Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific
January 29, 2019 – 6:40 am | Comments Off on Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific

Four activists from Asia Pacific share their analysis of the advances of fundamentalist and fascist forces across the region. Listen to the audio below:

 
This discussion addresses the following questions:

How are anti-rights forces operating in Asia-Pacific? …

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Brunei: Halt the Implementation of the Sharia Penal Code
April 4, 2019 – 5:57 am | Comments Off on Brunei: Halt the Implementation of the Sharia Penal Code

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4 April 2019

Brunei: Halt the Implementation of the Sharia Penal Code

 

The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) and civil society members across Muslim societies call on the Sultanate of Brunei to immediately halt the enforcement of the Sharia Penal Code (SPC). We believe that any entry into force of the penal code demonstrates a disturbing disregard of basic civil and political rights of the people of Brunei.

We are deeply concerned that the new SPC includes the death penalty and extends its application to a range of supposed moral offenses, including adultery, consensual sexual relations outside of marriage, consensual same sex relations, and statements critical of the State interpretation of Islam. It also introduces public whipping for those who access abortion, amputation for theft, and criminalizes exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion besides Islam.

We are further appalled that the SPC prescribes stoning as a form of execution, and whipping and amputation as corporal punishments, and claims this moral authority from Islamic sharia law. Stoning is not prescribed in the Qur’an, and there is no consensus on these punishments under Muslim jurisprudence. Muslim countries across the world forbid these forms of torture, ill-treatment, inhuman and degrading punishments as fundamental violations of human dignity.

We reiterate that state-imposed violence cannot ever be condoned, and all such forms of penalisation and criminalisation are in contradiction to the Islamic principles of justice, compassion and equality.

Implementation of the SPC would be to move in direct opposition to the government’s expressed intent to “maintain peace and order and preserve religion, life, family and individuals regardless of gender, nationality, race and faith”. Instead the penalties imposed by the law will encourage violence and discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and religious affiliation, create a climate of fear, limit civic space in the country, and further sow extremism in the region.

We remind the government of Brunei of its commitments to uphold the right to life, freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, and non-discrimination as enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). The UDHR is also the basis of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against women (CEDAW) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which Brunei has signed and acceded to. As a State party to these two Conventions, Brunei has the obligation to respect, protect, and fulfill these rights to all its citizens.

We affirm sexual and bodily integrity, freedom of expression and freedom of religion and belief are fundamental rights of all people, regardless of their gender, citizenship, class, age, mental and physical ability, religion, marital status, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and sex characteristics.

Signed

  1. Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (Global)
  2. GAYa NUSANTARA, Indonesia
  3. VISION, Pakistan
  4. Possibility, Bangladesh
  5. Bishkek Feminists Initiatives, Kyrgyzstan
  6. Rumah Pelangi, Indonesia
  7. Khartini Slamah, Transgender Activist, Malaysia
  8. Rafiul Alom Rahman, Queer Activist, India
  9. The Queer Muslim Project, India
  10. Kazakhstan Feminist Initiative “Feminita”, Kazakhstan
  11. Inclusive Bangladesh, Bangladesh
  12. Baidarie, Pakistan
  13. Kyrgyz Indigo, Kyrgyzstan
  14. Secularism is a Women’s Issue
  15. Rainbow Street, Jordan/USA
  16. Andi Suraidah, Women’s Rights Activist, Malaysia
  17. Kaos GL Association, Turkey
  18. Al-Fatah Islamic Transwoman Boarding School, Indonesia
  19. Cairo Foundation for Development and Law, Egypt
  20. Muslims for Progressive Values (Global)
  21. Alliance of Inclusive Muslims (Global)
  22. Justice for Sisters, Malaysia
  23. SEED, Malaysia
  24. Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Canada
  25. Aun Shahid, Advocate, Pakistan
  26. PLUSOS (People Like Us Support Ourselves), Malaysia
  27. The Healing Circle.sg, Singapore
  28. Women Living Under Muslim Laws (Global)
  29. Rhadem Camlian Morados, Queer Muslim Activist, Philippines
  30. MUJER LGBT, Philippines
  31. TEAM Magazine, Philippines
  32. OUTSpoken Philippines
  33. Dr. amina wadud, Visiting Researcher, Starr King School for the Ministry, US
  34. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS), Malaysia
  35. LINC Foundation, Malaysia
  36. Jejaka, Singapore
  37. The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
  38. Cangkang Queer, Indonesia
  39. Penawar Support Group, Singapore
  40. Beyond The Hijab, Singapore
  41. LighT, Tajikistan
  42. Association for Struggle against Sexual Violence, Turkey
  43. Kazakhstani LGBT-media Kok.team
  44. Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality (YIFoS Indonesia)
  45. Indonesia Christian Youth
  46. Amir Shaikezhanov, LGBT activist, Kazakhstan
  47. Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association, SPoD, Turkey
  48. Young LGBTİ+ Association, Turkey

If you would like to add your voice to the petition, sign on here: http://bit.ly/SIGNON-BruneiHaltSPC

Make Equality A Reality For All Muslim Women
March 27, 2019 – 4:01 am | Comments Off on Make Equality A Reality For All Muslim Women
Make Equality A Reality For All Muslim Women

CSBR joined Musawah and 118 women’s rights and human rights organizations and activists from across Muslim societies, to urge leaders of Muslim-majority countries to stand in unity against the persecution of women’s rights defenders. Add …

Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies
March 8, 2019 – 5:18 am | Comments Off on Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies
Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies

 
Applications are open Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice in Muslim Societies (26-30 May 2019), which is a joint program by Qorras and CSBR.
The call is open to transgender & non-binary people living …

Youth Voices: International Women Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter
March 8, 2019 – 3:16 am | Comments Off on Youth Voices: International Women Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter
Youth Voices: International Women Day 2019  #BalanceforBetter

 
#BalanceforBetter
Aggregate action and shared duty regarding driving a gender balanced world is vital. International Women’s Day is a worldwide day commending the social, financial and political accomplishments of women, including trans women.
Now when we talk …

Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific
January 29, 2019 – 6:40 am | Comments Off on Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific
Webinar: Resist fundamentalisms and fascisms in Asia-Pacific

Four activists from Asia Pacific share their analysis of the advances of fundamentalist and fascist forces across the region. Listen to the audio below:

 
This discussion addresses the following questions:

How are anti-rights forces operating in Asia-Pacific? …

Hope without Fear amidst Suffering with HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations)
November 9, 2018 – 5:35 am | Comments Off on Hope without Fear amidst Suffering with HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations)
Hope without Fear amidst Suffering with HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations)

 
The situation of LBQT people in Pakistan is complex, as most of them face fundamental survival challenges. HOPE is one of those very few non-profit organizations which are providing safe spaces to sexual and gender minorities …

Art therapy, Communities of Care, Safe & Accessible SRHR, Self-Defense and ending Bullying–One Day One Struggle 2018 kicks off!
November 8, 2018 – 7:08 am | Comments Off on Art therapy, Communities of Care, Safe & Accessible SRHR, Self-Defense and ending Bullying–One Day One Struggle 2018 kicks off!
Art therapy, Communities of Care, Safe & Accessible SRHR, Self-Defense and ending Bullying–One Day One Struggle 2018 kicks off!

Every 9 November communities around the world come together in celebration of sexual and bodily rights as human rights, as part of the One Day One Struggle! campaign (ODOS), coordinated by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily …

Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations
October 17, 2018 – 4:46 am | Comments Off on Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations
Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations

CSBR joins over 230 feminist organizations and networks in calling for a binding treaty on transnational corporations. See the statement below. Sign onto the statement here: http://bit.ly/F4BTStatement

 

We the undersigned feminists, women’s rights groups and civil …

Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia
October 5, 2018 – 5:54 am | Comments Off on Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia
Letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia

CSBR joins Tunisian civil society and the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims to endorse this letter to President Essebsi of Tunisia, calling for equal inheritance rights.
 

 

6 September 2018
 
Your Excellency Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi President of the …

CSBR Statement – International Coalition of Rights Groups across Muslim societies condemns whipping of two women in Malaysia
September 5, 2018 – 2:52 am | Comments Off on CSBR Statement – International Coalition of Rights Groups across Muslim societies condemns whipping of two women in Malaysia
CSBR Statement – International Coalition of Rights Groups across Muslim societies condemns whipping of two women in Malaysia

For immediate release:

International coalition of civil society groups across Muslim societies–from Algeria, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mali, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey and beyond–condemn the whipping of two women for “attempted sexual relations” which was carried out …

CSBR hosts Project CARE: A regional program on holistic well-being & the sustainability of queer, trans and intersex activism in Asia
July 9, 2018 – 9:52 am | Comments Off on CSBR hosts Project CARE: A regional program on holistic well-being & the sustainability of queer, trans and intersex activism in Asia
CSBR hosts Project CARE: A regional program on holistic well-being & the sustainability of queer, trans and intersex activism in Asia

In February 2018, CSBR launched Project CARE: Continuous and Responsive Empowerment through well-being initiatives for LGBTI human rights defenders in SSEA–a regional program in partnership with Asia Pacific Trans Network (APTN), ASEAN SOGI Caucus (ASC), …

Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]
May 14, 2018 – 12:14 pm | Comments Off on Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]
Digital Storytelling: Stories of Faith & Sexuality [Videos]

CSBR hosted the first national digital storytelling workshop in Indonesia, on the theme of “Faith & Sexuality”, in partnership with the Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality (YIFoS), Kampung Halaman, and GAYa NUSANTARA.

The workshop brought together …

Affirming UN Agencies Positions on Sex Work
March 22, 2018 – 6:48 am | Comments Off on Affirming UN Agencies Positions on Sex Work
Affirming UN Agencies Positions on Sex Work

At the start of CSW 62, CSBR joined over 230 organizations from across the world to call on the UNSG to reaffirm support for UN Agencies’ long-standing position on sex work, which has been developed with …

Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) Pakistan joins CSBR!
March 2, 2018 – 12:35 pm | Comments Off on Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) Pakistan joins CSBR!
Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) Pakistan joins CSBR!

CSBR is excited to welcome our newest member, Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI), from Pakistan!
FDI’s mission is to improve the human rights situation of invisible and marginalized sexual and gender minority groups, specifically transgender people, …

A petition to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
February 20, 2018 – 7:58 am | Comments Off on A petition to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

CSBR joined ARROW and over 194 organisations to send a petition to the UNESCAP calling on governments to fulfil their committments to the ICPD as key to achiving the SDGs in Asia Pacific.
Text of …

Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies: Studies from Palestine, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia
December 20, 2017 – 12:08 pm | Comments Off on Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies: Studies from Palestine, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia
Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies: Studies from Palestine, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia

“Why have Muslim majority states become increasingly conservative over time, acting to reverse many hard won advances on women’s rights and those concerning gender diverse populations? How has this happened despite vigorous efforts by activists, …

LBTQ Caucus Statement – 8 December 2017 – Phnom Penh
December 10, 2017 – 5:45 am | Comments Off on LBTQ Caucus Statement – 8 December 2017 – Phnom Penh
LBTQ Caucus Statement – 8 December 2017 – Phnom Penh

CSBR had the pleasure of joining ASEAN SOGIE CAUCUS, Sayoni, UN Women Asia Pacific & Justice for Sisters to organize and facilitate a 2-day forum on lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s issues from 4-5 December …

Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures
December 8, 2017 – 5:34 am | Comments Off on Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures
Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures

On a global day of action for sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, Malaysian students stood against harassment in public spaces.

The organising team from Sisters in Islam sported shirts reading “Muslim Women Speak.” Credit: …

Joint Statement: EU must ensure its humanitarian aid to war victims upholds their right to non-discriminatory medical care in line with IHL
November 30, 2017 – 2:51 am | Comments Off on Joint Statement: EU must ensure its humanitarian aid to war victims upholds their right to non-discriminatory medical care in line with IHL

CSBR joined over 90 international NGOs to call for the provision of non-discriminatory medical and sexual & reproductive health services in conflict settings under international humanitarian law (IHL), including access to safe abortion. Read the …