WILPF Advocacy Documents


WILPF Statement on Fiji UPR

Disarmament | Human Rights
20 September 2010
Document type:
Body submitted to:
Human Rights Council

Mr. Chairperson,

We note with appreciation the recommendations made during the UPR we reiterate the recognition of the need for the return to democracy and constitutional rule, the end of media censorship, and the end to intimidation and persecution of critics of the interim government. The people of Fiji have paid a high social, human and economic price of successive military coups evident in the removal of the Bill of Rights, abuse and deaths of civilians who oppose the regime, the militarization of the civil service, increasing inflation, and the lack of private investments due to the political instability. We note the efforts towards reducing violence against women under the domestic violence law promulgated by decree; however, such reforms must take place within a democratic process1 . We are extremely concerned at Fiji’s failure to respond towards repeated calls for the end to human rights violations, and promises of election. In light of previous broken assurances of elections and national dialogues, there is lack of confidence that the 2014 national elections will take place. We call on Fiji to take immediate and credible steps towards an open, democratic and genuine national dialogue without predetermined outcomes leading to early and credible elections, and the return to democracy. We unanimously call on governments to maintain their targeted sanctions which prevent the recruitment of Fiji’s soldiers to peacekeeping missions. In addition, we call on governments to maintain their targeted sanctions against individuals who are the architectures of human right abuses. These individuals should be recognized, by the international community, as party to an unlawful regime and a military dictatorship that are collaborating to maintain its tyrannical rule over this country, deterring Fiji’s progress in the implementation of the UPR recommendations, in particular the restoration of the rule of law and the early return to elections and parliamentary rule in Fiji. We call on Fiji for the removal of the Public Emergency Regulation as it restricts the freedom of assembly and expression, and permits disciplined personnel to use arms to disperse any assembly without being liable in criminal or civil proceedings for causing any harm or death for having used such force”2 . Finally, we call on Fiji for the restoration of the Bill of Rights that guarantees protection of human rights as current protection of human rights is inadequate.

Thank you Mr. President

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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