UN rights expert to assess the situation of violence against women in Azerbaijan

UN rights expert to assess the situation of violence against women in Azerbaijan
# 22 November 2013 07:46 (UTC +04:00)

“Violence against women is one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world, and it strongly hinders women’s full enjoyment of their fundamental freedoms and rights,” Ms. Manjoo said. “During my mission, I will meet with national stakeholders involved in the fight against it, with a view to assessing the phenomenon in the country.”

The Special Rapporteur will look at violence against women broadly, studying the main manifestations in the family, in the community, in State settings, and in the transnational sphere, and underlying causes and consequences, taking into account all relevant issues contributing to incidences in Azerbaijan.

During her ten-day visit, Ms. Manjoo will meet with Government officials in Baku, Khachmaz, Ganja, Lankaran and Sumgayit. She will also meet with representatives of civil society and service providers.

“Most especially,” Ms. Manjoo said, “I will visit shelters and a women’s prison to obtain first-hand information from individual survivors of gender-based violence.”

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on the initial findings of her visit on Thursday 5 December.

Based on the information obtained during the mission, Ms. Manjoo will present a report with her final findings and recommendations to a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council.

Ms. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) was appointed Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences in June 2009 by the UN Human Rights Council.

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