Minister Geoffrey Wever: "The importance of equality"

ORANJESTAD - During June, the world is reflecting on the importance of equality. Sustainable development strives for economic growth in harmony with the quality of life of citizens and the protection of nature.

"As the minister in charge of sustainable development and achieving the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030, I emphasize the importance of gender equality and reducing inequality.

It is particularly true concerning Goal 10.2 on empowering and promoting the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or status, and the principle of "leave no one behind. Minister Weaver's policy vision pays particular attention to reducing inequality.

Minister di Asunto Economico, Comunicacion y Desaroyo Sostenibel, mr. Geoffrey Wever.Human rights, such as the rights to equality and privacy protection included in our Constitution and international treaties, such as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The ECHR further emphasizes that everyone has the right to family life protection, or "family life," regardless of sexual orientation.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Goal 10.2In July 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that if marriage is not open to same-sex couples, then as an alternative, these couples should at least have the option of entering into a form of registered partnership. It would give legal recognition to their relationship and guarantee the relevant basic protection in the form of so-called 'core rights'. The Country of Aruba fulfilled this obligation in September 2021 by introducing the registered partnership regime into the Civil Code of Aruba (BWA). Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples can enter into a registered partnership since then.

However, several legislative changes still need to take place for a complete alternative to marriage. The fact that only 'core rights' are currently regulated means that the consequences associated with marriage concerning, for example, tax law, social security law, inheritance law, and family law, do not apply to registered partners.

To reduce this inequality, and encourage the inclusion of different (groups of) persons within society, it is essential to equalize the legal status of registered partners as much as possible with that of married couples. After regulating the 'core rights', the other legal consequences of the registered partnership, which are considered desirable, must now be worked out in the form of so-called 'supplementary rights'. Last May, the Council of Ministers agreed to Minister Wever's request to start an inventory of the other needed changes to the BWA and other legislation.

"As the Minister in charge of sustainable development, I stand for the equality of every citizen of Aruba and will strive to ensure that no one is 'left behind. As a Country within the Kingdom, Aruba must comply with international treaties and guarantee the human rights enshrined therein," said Minister Geoffrey Wever. 

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