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.



The Protection of the Rights of Refugee Women

We wish to thank the organisers of this Colloquium for inviting the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to participate in it. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated to provide international protection and assistance for refugees and to seek permanent solutions to their problems. The promotion and dissemination of refugee law and protection principles and provision of humanitarian assistance to people of concern to UNHCR are integral parts of this responsibility.


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