Governments to refrain from engaging in violence against women and to exercise

Governments to refrain from engaging in violence

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Governments to refrain from engaging in violence against women and to exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate and, in accordance with national legislation, to punish acts of violence against women and to take appropriate and effective action concerning acts of violence against women, whether those acts are perpetrated by the State or by private persons, and to provide access to just and effective remedies and specialized assistance to victims; 5. Condemns all violations of the human rights of women in situations of armed conflict, recognizes them to be violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and calls for a particularly effective response to violations of this kind, including in particular murder, systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy; 6. Stresses the recommendation of the Special Rapporteur that States should implement the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, and in particular calls on States to take steps at the national level to: (a) Consider formulating national plans of action to eliminate violence against women; (b) Consider ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women by the year 2000 and limit the extent of any reservation they enter to the Convention, formulate any reservations as precisely and as narrowly as possible, ensure that no reservation is incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention or otherwise contrary to international law and review their reservations regularly, with a view to withdrawing them expeditiously; (c) Develop legal and administrative mechanisms to ensure access to the mechanisms of justice and, as provided for by national legislation, to just and effective remedies for women victims of violence; page 2
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(d) Provide access to specialized assistance for women victims of violence; (e) Educate and sensitize law enforcement officers and public officials with regard to issues concerning violence against women and develop strategies to ensure that revictimization of women victims of violence does not occur because of gender- insensitive laws, or judicial or enforcement practices; (f) Adopt all appropriate measures, especially in the field of education curricula so as to instil values which will prevent violence against women; (g) Condemn violence against women and not invoke custom, tradition or practices in the name of religion to avoid their obligations to eliminate such violence; (h) Promote research with regard to the issues concerning violence against women, its causes and its consequences; (i)
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