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    Further promotion and encouragement of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the question of the programme and methods of work of the commission. Alternative approaches and ways and means within the United Nations system for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

    Coomaraswamy R

    [Unpublished] 1997 Feb 12 36 p. (E/CN.4/1997/47)

    This report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women focuses on all forms of violence against women in the community. The introduction briefly reviews the past and projected work of the Rapporteur. Section I defines violence in the community and the role of the community in women's lives, especially in controlling women's sexuality and limiting or supporting women's human rights. Section II reviews international human rights law relating to violence against women, especially that contained in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Section III considers rape and sexual violence against women, including sexual harassment, offering heinous examples from various countries and considering the response of the criminal justice system as well as the legal framework and state strategies to combat rape and sexual violence. Section IV focuses on trafficking in women and forced prostitution, again using specific examples to illustrate the points and considering national laws on trafficking in women and the few noteworthy state strategies to combat trafficking and forced prostitution that have been instituted in response to pressure from nongovernmental organizations. Section V deals with violence against women migrant workers, and Section VI reviews violence resulting from religious extremism. The final section offers general and specific recommendations of actions to end the violence.
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