Brunei Darussalam reviewed by 6th UPR session
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 07:46


On the morning of 8 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Brunei Darussalam. Brunei Darussalam was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng. Almost all States participating in the discussion commended the efforts and achievements in the field of free education, access to health care, and welfare. States from the region offered little criticism and commended mostly the achievements in the area of development. Despite the many positive statements, a significant number of States expressed concern and made recommendations in the following areas:

  • Lack of ratification of core human rights treaties. Brunei should therefore ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Brunei should withdraw its reservations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • Marital rape is not criminalised, including when the spouse is a minor
  • Current legislation criminalises consensual same sex relations
  • The age for criminal responsibility is seven, and thus needs to be raised to match international standards
  • There is no juvenile justice system in place
  • The death penalty, even though currently not practiced, should be abolished
  • The rights of the child should be strengthened by abolishing corporal punishment at home and in school
  • Reports of ill treatment of migrants
  • Current legislation allows for pre-trial detention for up to two years, and it was recommended that legislation in this area should be reviewed
  • Reports of restrictions on freedom of expression and the media
  • Restrictions on the right of non-Muslims to exercise freely their religion or belief.


The draft report of the Working Group on the review of Brunei will be adopted on 11 December 2009.

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