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Source: Human Rights Council
3 June 2009



HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DISCUSSES REPORTS ON EXTRAJUDICIAL, SUMMARY OR ARBITRARY EXECUTIONS AND ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
3 June 2009

The Human Rights Council this afternoon discussed the reports of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, hearing presentations of their reports and then holding an interactive dialogue with them.

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Presentation of Reports


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YAKIN ERTURK, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said her final report to the Council addressed the issue of the political economy of women's human rights. It built partly on the 2007 report on intersections between culture and violence against women, which argued that a viable strategy in addressing the issue of culture and violence against women must include a political economy perspective in order to understand the material basis of certain cultural norms and determine the distribution of productive resources, goods and services, which ultimately impacted on women's access to justice and entitlements. The report demonstrated how power operated not only through coercion but also through the structured relations of production and reproduction that governed the distribution and use of resources, benefits, privileges and authority within the home and society at large. The current neo-liberal order profoundly affected both the prevalence of violence against women and efforts to eliminate it.

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Interactive Dialogue


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OBAID SALEM SAEED AL ZAABI (
United Arab Emirates), speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, said the exhaustive report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women dealt in depth with the aspects and repercussions of violence against women on human rights policies and practices. The visit to Saudi Arabia by the Special Rapporteur was welcomed, and she was congratulated on her participation in meetings she had attended, such as that in Doha. Equality did not exist in the world where it came to participation by women in the enjoyment of their economic, social and cultural rights, and it was rare for Governments to incorporate economic and social factors when creating legislation. This should be borne in mind when examining the issue. Priority should be given to the achievement of the goals set out in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Work should be done to uphold economic and social equality. There was a relationship between work to end violence against women and that focused on providing women with access to housing, safe water, and medicines. The Special Rapporteur should have spoken about the situation of Palestinian women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem, and the situation of other women in lands under occupation.

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HEBA MOSTAFA RIZK (Egypt) said that Egypt shared the Special Rapporteur’s emphasis on the urgent need to address all forms of violence against women, and in doing so, to ensure the enjoyment by women of all their human rights. Egypt thanked the Special Rapporteur for the thorough and objective assessment she had provided on the situation in Gaza in the aftermath of the recent Israeli military attacks. ...

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IMAD ZUHAIRI (Palestine) said the report on violence against women and its causes and consequences in Palestine and the Occupied Palestinian Territory and safeguarding their rights was very important, as it urged the Palestinian Authority to establish a secular Government providing financial and other support to the Ministry for Women. The Palestinian Authority had taken these recommendations seriously and was currently amending the new law on crimes of honour. As for the political representation of women, this had improved, and all Ministries currently included women. The Palestinian Authority had ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The report also urged the Israeli Government to respect international laws and protect the rights of Palestinian women, in particular pregnant and sick women, and urged them further to respect the monitoring standards in their reports. The Israeli Government was not taking these recommendations into account and had increased its reprisals against the Palestinian people, including Palestinian women. The practices of the occupying forces went against all international documents. The Special Rapporteur should explain what measures would put an end to the practices violating the rights of women and all human beings.

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ABDEL WAHAB HANI, of Arab Commission for Human Rights, welcomed the reports of the Special Rapporteurs, but regretted the fact that the reports were put online late and only in English. The Arab Commission asked the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to set forth a separate view on the actions of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and applauded the full cooperation of the Palestinian Authority with his mandate. With regard to violence against women, the Arab Commission saluted the critical study conducted by the Special Rapporteur, Ms. Erturk, over the 15 years of the mandate, and encouraged that other special procedures do the same. Twenty years had elapsed since the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, and it was now time for another meeting which took into consideration the efforts and work done by Ms. Erturk within the scope of her mandate. The Arab Commission called on the Human Rights Council to take on this endeavour.

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