Women's Rights

International Justice for Women: The ICC Marks a New Era

(July 1, 2002)
Statement in Support of U.S. Senate Ratification of The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
To the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 13, 2002
A Human Rights Approach to the Rehabilitation and Reintegration into Society of Trafficked Victims
Widney Brown, Human Rights Watch
"21st Century Slavery - The Human Rights Dimension to Trafficking in Human Beings" Conference in Rome, Italy on May 15-16

Reconstruction and Human Rights in Afghanistan
Congressional Human Rights Caucus Members' Briefing
February 14, 2002
Recommendations regarding the Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
Feb. 2001

Trafficking in persons is a grave human rights abuse that persists at staggering levels in all regions of the world. Moreover, despite international conventions that obligate states to prevent and provide redress for trafficking-related abuses, governments' responses remain woefully inadequate.
Stopping Violence Against Women: A Challenge to Governments
June 2000

Five years after the Beijing Conference, are women better off? In one key area, combatting violence against women, the answer is a resounding no.

Law of Protection from Family Violence
March 31, 2000

Domestic violence is a widespread problem in Peru, and women, overwhelmingly, are its victims. In 1998, the National Police received nearly 28,000 reports of domestic abuse. Yet with many victims reluctant to report domestic violence, the real number of women who live in violent interpersonal relationships almost certainly is much higher. For example, a 1999 survey undertaken by the National Institute of Statistics in metropolitan Lima found that no less than 82 percent of the 2,460 women who were interviewed said that they knew someone who had suffered some kind of domestic abuse within the previous twelve months.

International Trafficking of Women and Children February 2000

Trafficking in persons -- the illegal and highly profitable transport and sale of human beings for the purpose of exploiting their labor -- is a slavery-like practice that must be eliminated. Human Rights Watch has been involved in documenting and monitoring this serious human rights violation for many years. We have reported on the trafficking of women and girls from Bangladesh to Pakistan (Double Jeopardy), from Burma to Thailand (Modern Form of Slavery), and from Nepal to India (Rape for Profit). We have also conducted extensive research regarding other incidences of trafficking, including the trafficking of women from Thailand to Japan and from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to Bosnia. Reports resulting from these investigations are forthcoming.


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