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UN CSW condemns Israel for HR violation
Palestinian women cry after evacuating their homes to take shelter at a UN school in Gaza City, November 20, 2012.
Palestinian women cry after evacuating their homes to take shelter at a UN school in Gaza City, November 20, 2012.
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:23AM
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The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has condemned Israel for violating the rights of Palestinian women.


In a resolution issued on Friday, the UN policy-making body, condemned Tel Aviv’s regime for the degrading living conditions for Palestinian women.

"The Israeli occupation remains the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society..." the eight clause resolution read.

The resolution was passed by 29 votes. It was rejected only by Israel and the United States. 10 other countries also abstained.

The UN commission also issued a declaration, urging an end to violence against women across the world.

"The commission urges states to strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls and to refrain from invoking any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination," said the declaration.
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The declaration also called on the word’s countries to "devote particular attention to abolishing practices and legislation that discriminate against women and girls, or perpetuate and condone violence against them."

The 18-page declaration includes the viewpoints of Iran and other Muslim countries. Activists have described the document as a victory for women.

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