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Dienstag, 7. November 2006

Die andere Gewalt...

Human Rights Watch kritisiert in einem aktuellen Report die zunehmende Gewalt gegen palästinensische Frauen und Mädchen. Diese seien immer öfter Opfer von systematischer Gewalt wie Vergewaltigungen und Schlägen. Polizei, Gerichte und Behörden böten den Frauen keinen Schutz. Die MenschenrechtsaktivistInnen berichteten von Fällen, in den Frauen gezwungen würden, ihre Vergewaltiger zu heiraten. Männer, die ihre Frauen wegen des Verdachts auf Ehebruch töteten, kämen meist mit leichten Strafen davon.

Human Rights Watch stellt dem Report zusammenfassend u.a. voran, dass sich die maßgeblichen palästinesischen Institutionen ungeachtet der Beschränkungen durch die politische Lage nicht aus dieser Verantwortung stehlen dürfen: "Human Rights Watch’s research in the OPT confirmed that the PA has failed to undertake many practical and achievable initiatives such as adequately surveying the rate of violence against women, setting up government-run hotlines and additional shelters, providing basic guidelines to police and service providers on how to handle gender-based violence complaints they receive, and initiating public education efforts aimed at reducing violence against women. Many Palestinian officials, holding office both before and after the January 2006 elections, appear to view security only within the context of the occupation, all but ignoring the very real security issues faced by women in their homes. In doing so, the PA is failing to act diligently to prevent, investigate, and punish violence against women, putting women’s health and lives in jeopardy. Ultimately, the PA is denying victims their rights under international human rights law to non-discrimination and an effective judicial remedy for abuse.
The manner in which the PA addresses violence against women and girls affects the very fabric of Palestinian society and significantly impairs respect for, and belief in, law enforcement. It is crucial that the PA consider violence against women and girls a priority issue within its security agenda and actively implement remedies to women’s rights abuses now, as an integral part of this response during this state-building period. There is an urgent need for not only legal reform but also for policies at all levels of government and throughout the criminal justice system that will address violence against women and girls. "


Es gibt also auch hier viel zu tun auf dem Weg zum friedlichen Palästinenserstaat...

Hier der komplette Report.

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