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Applying the due diligence principle in Asia Pacific

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This chapter is drawn from the Report of the Asia Pacific NGO Consultation entitled Realising Our Rights: Holding the State Accountable for Violence Against Women in the Asia Pacific, with the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Yakin Erturk, on 5 and 6 October 2005. It starts with explaining the context in which violence against women occurs in the Asia Pacific region. The chapter examines some of the factors which have a determinative impact on the manifestations of violence against women: neo-liberalism, militarism and fundamentalism. It also examines the intersectionality of womens different identities and how this reality requires particular address in applying the due diligence principle. The chapter discusses the common areas where states are failing the due diligence obligation and looks both at addressing violence where it occurs and prevention.

Keywords: Asia Pacific region; due diligence principle; fundamentalism; militarism; neo-liberalism; violence against women



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