21, Dec

Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women in Papua New Guinea

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on ‘Violence against Women in PNG’ says empowerment of women necessary to address human rights abuses. This must include social transformation to fully address the systemic and causes of inequality and discrimination.

During the Universal Periodic Review for Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva last year, several nations noted the high level of violence in the country and called for a mission by the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The UN Special Rapporteur, Ms Rashida Manjoo, visited Papua New Guinea in March this year.

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Also on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights website is a related article:

Papua New Guinea: “Accountability, rather than impunity, for all acts of violence against women”

PORT MORESBY (26 March 2012) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo called* on the Government of Papua New Guinea to reinforce legal and support mechanisms in its fight to eradicate violence against women. At the end of her first fact-finding mission to the country, Ms. Manjoo also urged the authorities to address some of the traditional practices that are harmful to women.

“Accountability, rather than impunity, should become the norm for all acts of violence against women,” said the independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate violence against women, its causes and consequences. “The responsibility to prevent violence, protect against violence, provide remedies for victims, and to punish perpetrators for all acts of violence against women, is primarily an obligation of the State.”

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United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo on Violence against Women in Papua New Guinea

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