Violations of right to life have usually been understood to be killings involving SO: UN rights expert

UNITED NATIONS: Governments must do more to tackle the hugely inappropriate rates of violence suffered by women, including knowing attacks on them as human rights violations and domestic murders as a form of arbitrary execution, according to a United Nations expert.

Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard said in her first report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, “Violations of the right to life have usually been understood to be killings involving State officials.”

“It is time to recognize that gender-related killings, such as domestic and intimate partner violence, ‘honour killings,’ can also amount to arbitrary executions.”

She suggested Governments to pay greater attention to the significant role that gender plays in how likely people are to be arbitrarily disadvantage of their right to life.

She said, “The fact is that gender plays an absolutely central role in predicting people’s ability to enjoy their human rights in general, and their right to life in particular. It is an extraordinarily accurate predictor of people’s enjoyment of the right to life. Misogyny persists at all levels of society.”

Compared with just over five per cent of male victims, Ms. Callamard stated that there is distinctive evidence of women’s too small risk of suffering harm and violence, citing global statistics showing that almost half of female homicide victims are murdered by family members or intimate partners.

Her report details utmost rates of violations of the right to life perpetrated against women and girls with disabilities, native women and transgender people amongst others.

As such the report points those gender-based violations of the right to life stem not only from intentional acts, but also from a lack of basic conditions and services that guarantee life, such as access to food, water, health services and housing.

Source: APP

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