Subject: [fem-women2000 81] Rights Based Approach Panel - note on government position
From: lalamaziwa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 23:42:48 +0900
re: Rights based Approach Panel Note on government postion by Rashidah Abdullah (ARROW) Savitri Goonesekere, Vice Chancellor of Colombo University, Srilanka (first speaker) recommended that RBA should be over arching framework for implementation of BPFA. Particulary that CEDAW and conveniton on the rights of the child be used as international legistrative accounatability for states fo comply with. There were about 10 governmenents that spoke and all of them except china endorsed that the approach was important and gave example of their attemts to use RBA in their approach. especially in CEDAW implementation with regard to VAW. ONly two countries (China, Iran) expressed hesitence to this approach. China felt that the state soverenety issue in relation to law was more important than international conventions like CEDAW. Iran asked for clarification to what was said in relation to islamic principles and human rights principles. china "if you strengthen conventions, it may weaken the state soverenity" S responded to this soverenity question by saying "it is important to have strong states to protect women in society but this state has to be an accountable one. there is no contradiction to CEDAW and other conventions having a strong state. Islam and human rights principles, in her study of principle, there are lots of commonality in islamic law and human rights principle that they are not contradictory. compared to the resistance we had 5 years ago when governments are not knowledgeable about women's human rights. there are more better understanding for this human rights approach. that there were not much resistance. ------ there were some recommendations that cedaw should be more strongly promoted and popularized by governments and international institutions. -------- tonga commented that the panel did not address inaliable rights to self-determination that women in colonies are not taken into account. IPR also need to be addressed particulary indegenous people where women own the flora and fauna. -------- there seem to be sense of accountability on the government side. countries which had reservations on CEDAW (singapore, thailand) spoke of the reason why it had taken them some time to lift those reservations. Singapore is currently reviewing the reservations, Thailand is almost finishing the process, and Bangladesh lifted their reservations. there seems to be getneral agreement that eradicating violence against women is an important priority.