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Violence against women by non-state actors, a responsibility for the state under human rights law: amnesty internationals work on domestic violence

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The expanse of Amnesty Internationals research and campaigning has shown without doubt that violence against women cannot be addressed as an isolated and independent human rights issue. A significant part of Amnesty Internationals work on womens rights relates to states obligations of due diligence to prevent, investigate, punish and provide reparation for acts of violence by non-state actors. This chapter explains the benefits and limits of the use of the due diligence approach, including areas of practical success, and challenges for future developments in law and practice to combat domestic violence. The fact that womens rights are not fully implemented as required by international human rights law in the overwhelming majority of cases is not to say that each and every act of violence against women, regardless of the identity of the perpetrator, is the responsibility of the state.

Keywords: Amnesty Internationals work; domestic violence; due diligence; human rights law; non-state actors; violence against women; womens rights



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