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Committee Statements

23 November 2010

100 Countries Have Now Adopted The Tools To Fight Discrimination Against Women, But More Needs To Be Done

GENEVA (23 November 2010) – Cambodia has become the 100th country to ratify a key international treaty that allows women who have been denied their rights in their own countries to have their claims reviewed directly by a UN committee of independent experts: the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women*.

“Rights, also women’s rights, without legal tools to make them a reality, can easily become mere illusions,” said Cees Flinterman, Chairperson of the Working Group on communications under the Optional Protocol. “Therefore it is so important that States parties to the Convention provide for remedies, not only at the domestic level, but also at the international level.

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27 October 2010

Pakistan floods: three top UN human rights bodies urge the authorities not to leave behind the most vulnerable

GENEVA (27 October 2010) – Three United Nations human rights treaty bodies on Monday issued a joint appeal* to the Pakistani authorities and relief agencies to strengthen the human rights-based approach of their efforts, in order to prevent further victimization of the most vulnerable population affected by the country’s worst monsoon flooding in a century.

“The floods have disproportionately affected them,” said the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “Members of minority communities, Afghan refugees, women, children and persons with disabilities, particularly those living in rural areas, were already among the most vulnerable in Pakistani society.”

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