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CEDAW Access to justice submission European Group NHRIs

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Date de publication : 31/01/13
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CEDAW Access to justice submission European Group NHRIs

The recent Eleventh International Conference of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Amman, Jordan from 5-7 November 2012 focused on “The human rights of women and girls: Promoting gender equality: The role of national human rights institutions.”

The Conference adopted the Amman Declaration and Programme of Action, followed by regional plans of action, elaborated by NHRI regional groups at the Conference, amongst them the European Group. In these
documents, NHRIs, inter alia, committed themselves to reinforcing their interaction with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in relation to women’s human rights. Among the principles and areas of work agreed upon is facilitating women’s and girls’ access to justice, including judicial and non-judicial remedies. The NHRIs consider that there can be no substantial and effective gender equality without effective judicial protection, which includes access to justice, a fair trial, effective sanctions and effective implementation of judicial decisions.

The European Group therefore welcomes the opportunity to contribute to CEDAW’s thematic discussion on women’s access to justice, and submits the following contribution. It focuses on the right of access to justice for women domestic workers in the context of diplomatic immunity. Several National Institutions represented in the European Group have addressed the denial of access to justice for domestic workers in diplomat’s households in their work on the domestic level.