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

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By the 19th century, most European writers recognized an exception in the case of humanitarian intervention. At a regional level, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950), the European Social Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights have been adopted and all are in force. In 1979 the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted. The concept of empowerment for women saves their lives not only physically but in a qualitative sense. Women are being discriminated against all over the world irrespective of region. In the Asia and Pacific the problems are similar to those in any other parts of the world. The only difference is that these regions are more backward because of lack of education; the situation will change with the increase of education.

Keywords: American Convention on Human Rights; CEDAW; European Social Charter; European writers; International Bill of Human Rights; Pacific region; South Asia; women's rights



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