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A Guide to the Universal Periodic Review Process for NGOs and NHRIs

2008

What is the Universal Periodic Review, why should you engage with it, and what are the steps involved? A 19-page guide to the UPR process, in PDF format.    

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Exploring the Potential of the UN Treaty Body System in Addressing Sexuality Rights

2007

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 11. 30-page paper in PDF format, written by tan beng hui, who provides an introduction to sexuality rights and to the UN treaty body system, before going on to specifically discuss CEDAW, CESCR and HRC, and associated challenges.

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Addressing Rape as a Human Rights Violation: The Role of International Human Rights Norms and Instruments

2007

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 10. 56-page paper in PDF format, authored by Geeta Ramaseshan, covering definition of rape in Asia and in international human rights law, legal issues and challenges regarding access to justice, and the application of international standards in domestic law.

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Women’s Right to Nationality and Citizenship

2006

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 9. 48-page paper in PDF format, written by Sapana Pradhan-Malla and Phanindra Gautam, covering gender-based biases in acquiring citizenship; effects of, and violations of rights resulting from, depriving equal citizenship rights; international human rights standards on nationality; case studies from around the world; and strategies to move forward.

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Addressing Intersectional Discrimination with Temporary Special Measures

2006

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 8. 66-page paper in PDF format, showing how temporary special measures are a means to remedying structural discrimination and achieving substantive equality, and how their use can be justified. It further discusses why these measures should be utilised for women who encounter multiple forms of discrimination, and presents […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Opportunities and Challenges for Legal Redress in Asia and the Pacific

2005

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 7. 44-page paper in PDF format, written by Madhu Mehra and S.K. Priya, and updated by Sapana Pradhan-Malla. This paper focuses on the potential of civil law to enable cross-sectoral participation in addressing sexual harassment and to provide non-punitive and non-adversarial responses.

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Making UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies More Effective: A Gender Critique of Reforms to the Reporting Process – The Case of the ‘Common Core Document’

2005

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 4. This 36-page paper in PDF format, written by Dianne Otto, discusses some challenges to centering women’s human rights in the context of earlier reforms to the United Nations treaty body system.  

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The Right to Decide If, When and Whom to Marry: Obligations of the State under CEDAW and Other International Human Rights Instruments

2005

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 6. 44-page paper in PDF format, written by Rea A. Chiongson. Although the right to decide if, when and whom to marry is applicable to both men and women, this paper focuses on women and concentrates primarily on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination […]

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The Validity of Reservations and Declarations to CEDAW: The Indian Experience

2005

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 5. 36-page paper in PDF format, written by Indira Jaising, with the assistance of Priyadarshini Narayanan. An outline and examination of the implications of the declarations made by India to Articles 5(a) and 16 of CEDAW and its reservation to Article 29(1).

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Lack of Access, Lack of Care: A Reference Guide to Women’s Right to Health in the International Trading System

2004

IWRAW Asia Pacific Occasional Papers Series, No. 3. 72-page paper in PDF format, written by Liz Sepper. Although the paper’s focus is on trade and women’s right to health, it is also intended to serve as a more general framework of analysis that advocates can apply to trade and any number of economic and social […]

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