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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.

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Women and Human Rights in the Asia/Pacific Region: a Perspective from South Asia

The process of protecting the rights of minority groups started some time way back just after the First World War, but no protection of individuals generally on a natural law or other basis was attempted. By the 19th century, most European writers recognised an exception in the case of humanitarian intervention. Events in Europe in the 1930s and in the Second World War focused attention upon this wider question, and the guarantee of human rights became one of the purposes for which the Allied Powers fought.

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