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UNITED NATIONS

HR/CN/1027
10 April 2003


EXPERTS ON MIGRANTS, INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS, SLAVERY
PRESENT REPORTS TO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Commission Continues General Debate on Human Rights of Women

(Reissued as received.)


GENEVA, 10 April (UN Information Service) -- The Commission on Human Rights this morning heard experts on migrants, internally displaced persons and the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery present reports.  It also continued with its general debate on the human rights of women and the gender perspective, including violence against women.

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General Debate on the Integration of the Human Rights of Women and the Gender Perspective

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HANAN KHALED ZEGBIA (Libya) said that Libya was party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which it ratified 1989.  It presented national reports to the Committee in charge of the implementation of the Convention.   Furthermore, Libya had ratified most international human rights instruments and was committed to their implementation.  Since the Revolution, Libya had promulgated laws to promote gender equality.  Legislation took into consideration the nature of women, banning all kinds of hazardous work for women. Thanks to this legislation, Libyan women had achieved a privileged economic position; they enjoyed complete freedom of movement, could be financially independent, and held positions that had been the privilege of men for a long period.  In face of the degradation in the position of women in many regions of the world, the international community must take swift steps to implement the Beijing Plan. Libya also expressed concern at the violations of women’s right in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Iraq.

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IHAM KHALIL (Egypt) said that women had been the main victims of conflicts in many parts of the world.  Palestinian women had been most affected by the Israeli occupation and the international community should come to their assistance.  ...

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