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Delegates to the Durban Review Conference in Geneva adopted a final Outcome Document on 21 April. After a less than perfect process, characterised by polarisation and withdrawals, the Outcome Document was adopted without any changes or amendments.
Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands have all joined the US and Israel in announcing their withdrawal from the Geneva conference.
By a vote of 69 to 54 the United Nations General Assembly has repudiated and expressed “deep concern” for Iran’s human rights record.
"The Special Rapporteur added that violations are perpetrated not just by individuals or groups but also by States themselves. "
Une mise à jour sur la réforme des Nations Unies et la campagne de la société civile en faveur d’une réforme et d’un renforcement de l’architecture de l’égalité des sexes des Nations Unies.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Patricia O'Brien of Ireland as the new United Nations legal chief, making her the first woman in the Organization's history to hold that post.
Le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a exigé jeudi la fin des violences sexuelles contre les civils dans les conflits armés, pratique très répandue dans les zones de guerre à travers le monde.
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war.
The agencies expressed their concern about the “medicalization” of the practice, whereby it is performed by health professionals in health facilities, and the belief that it enhances a girl's chastity and chances of marriage by controlling her sexuality.
On 7 April 2008, Inés Alberdi was appointed the new Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). However, the appointment has sparked criticism from women's rights activists who had campaigned for a candidate from the developing world
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