Submission to the CEDAW Committee for the Review of Burma, October 2008
Written Submission on the General Recommendation on “Access to Justice”
The GJC welcomes the Committee’s Concept Note and looks forward to the general discussion on “Access to Justice” in preparation for a General Recommendation on the subject.
In general, access to justice for women is essential to the advancement of women’s rights, including the prevention of any form of discrimination against women, including gender based violence, and the full implementation of the rights in the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.2 In this context, it is essential that women are able to assert their rights in a judicial system, have access to redress and reparation, including compensation, and have perpetrators of crimes against women held accountable.
This written submission focuses on one particular area of access to justice: the necessity to ensure equal participation in the judiciary by women, in particular through the use of quota systems. Gender parity in the judiciary is essential in order to ensure the advancement of the rule of law, and high quality, non-discriminatory decisions.
Shadow Report to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States
Letter to Tomas Quintana: Urgent: The Activities of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation in Burma, including Endorsing the 2008 Constitution and the 2010 Election, are Inconsistent with the Obligations Erga Omnes of the United States
Suggested List of Issues to Country Report Task Force on the United States of America
Letter to Ban Ki-Moon: Re: An Urgent Call to Correct Critical Errors Regarding Military Rapes in Myanmar in Your January 13, 2012, Report to the Security Council on Conflict-related Sexual Violence
Letter to Patricia O’Brien: "Parsing the Disconnect Between the UN Implementation of Security Council Resolutions and UN Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law"
Letter to Margot Wallstrom: Re: Implementation Guidelines on Security Council Resolution 1960 and International Humanitarian Law
Letter to Ban Ki-Moon: Re: Urgent Action Needed to Denounce Myanmar/Burma’s 2010 Elections and Constitution Which Disenfranchises Women and Attempts to Give the Military Junta Amnesty From Prosecution at the International Criminal Court