Advancing the Human Rights of Women

Using International Human Rights Standards in Domestic Litigation

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This publication contains papers presented by judges, academics, lawyers and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations at the Asia/South Pacific regional judicial colloquium for senior judges on the domestic application of international human rights norms relevant to the human rights of women. It provides an overview of the applicable international standards, examines the challenges involved in promoting the human rights of women and girls in domestic litigation, and explores the ways in which international human rights norms can be relied on in domestic litigation to achieve that goal.



Litigation Raising Issues Relating to Women's Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Sex Discrimination Ordinance and Domestic Violence in Hong Kong

The provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are applicable to Hong Kong following the ratification by the United Kingdom of the two covenants in 1976. In June 1994, the Hong Kong Government announced its decision to seek the extension of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Women's Convention) to Hong Kong and to introduce legislation against sex discrimination. Hong Kong first implemented the two Covenants through existing legislation and policy.


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