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June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Penal Code (Amendment) Act No. 16 of 2006 which includes a new definition of the offence of trafficking in persons in line with the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols and provision to impose certain reporting obligations on incidents of child abuse" (2). "The Committee further commends the fact that a bill on witness protection is being elaborated. The Committee is, however, concerned at the low number of convictions and punishments for those convicted of trafficking and at the lack of protective measures and safe homes for victims of trafficking. It is also concerned that the State party has not ratified the Protocol to Prevent,...more
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned about information received in respect of the use by the police of the Vagrancy Ordinance of 1842 to arbitrarily arrest sex workers" (6).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-4

"The Committee welcomes the ratification by the State party on 15 October 2002 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its ratification on 22 September 2006 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography" (1).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is further concerned that no measures have been taken to encourage women to participate in political life and that the State party attributes the low representation of women to their own choice, their preoccupation with multiple roles, high costs of the electoral campaigns and the lack of confidence of political parties in the ability of women to garner votes" (6).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"While welcoming the protective measures taken by the State party for women who migrate from Sri Lanka, the Committee remains concerned that these women remain vulnerable to illegal employment agencies, and that many work in exploitative situations and experience violence and abuse at the hands of their employers" (9).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-3

"The Committee therefore encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to consider ratifying the treaties to which it is not yet a party, namely the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee also encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to consider ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees adopted in 1951" (10).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While noting the State party’s explanation that women were not subjected to violence and discrimination during the last stages of the conflict and in the post-conflict phase, the Committee remains deeply concerned about reports of gross violations of the human rights of women on both sides, particularly of the Tamil minority group, the internally displaced women and the female ex-combatants. The Committee is particularly concerned about reports of sexual violence allegedly perpetrated also by the armed forces, the police and militant groups" (8).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee is further concerned that the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment is not a member of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) which consists of representatives of relevant Ministries to consult with donor countries and agencies, and that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, composed of eight members, appointed by the President only includes one woman" (9).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3

"polygamy is not prohibited, that there is no minimum age of marriage recognized under the Muslim Personal Law, and that Tamil women need their husband’s consent to appear in court or undertake any transaction" (9).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: IAD-PRACTICE-1

"the Committee is concerned about the persistence of discriminatory provisions in the law, including in the Penal Code, the Land Development Ordinance which gives preference to male heirs over females, the general personal laws, the Muslim Personal Law, the Kandyan Law and the Tesawalamai Law" (3).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the efforts undertaken by the State party to combat trafficking, including the introduction of a new definition of the offence of trafficking in persons in the Penal Code, the organization of awareness-raising activities and the establishment of an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force...The Committee is, however, concerned at the low number of convictions and punishments for those convicted of trafficking and at the lack of protective measures and safe homes for victims of trafficking. It is also concerned that the State party has not ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime"...more
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee is concerned that legislation in the State party does not prohibit discrimination against women, in line with article 1 of the Convention covering both direct and indirect discrimination, or extending this to acts of both public and private actors in accordance with article 2. In this regard, the Committee observes that the Women’s Rights Bill being elaborated by the State party is not in line with the Convention" (3).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1

"While the Committee acknowledges the achievements of the State party in the area of maternal healthcare, it is concerned about the limited knowledge of reproductive health and the low rate of use of contraceptives, the high level of teenage pregnancies especially in less developed and conflict-affected areas, as well as the low accessibility to family planning and the increase in prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection among women" (7).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee is further concerned that the criminalization of same-sex relationship results in women being completely excluded from legal protection. It is also concerned about the information that the law enforcement officers are allowed to arbitrarily detain them" ( 5).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that discriminatory practices prevent women from acquiring ownership of land since only the “head of household” is authorized to sign official documentation such as land ownership certificates and to receive pieces of land from Government" (8).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (2005)" (2) "The Committee is concerned about the persistence of stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men among the general public and the media. The Committee is concerned that gender role stereotyping perpetuates discrimination against women and girls and is reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, such as employment, decision-making, land ownership, education including sexual and reproductive education, sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women, including violence in family relations" (5).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ACR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about the persistence of gender role stereotyping in the educational system, resulting in girls’ concentration in lower-skill areas of vocational and technical education, as well as the lack of action of the State party to combat the persistent underrepresentation of women in the high education technical and engineering fields" (7).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned that marital rape is recognized only if a judge has previously acknowledged the separation of the spouses" ( 5).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (2005)" (2) "The Committee is concerned about the persistence of stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men among the general public and the media. The Committee is concerned that gender role stereotyping perpetuates discrimination against women and girls and is reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, such as employment, decision-making, land ownership, education including sexual and reproductive education, sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women, including violence in family relations" (5).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ACR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about the persistence of gender role stereotyping in the educational system, resulting in girls’ concentration in lower-skill areas of vocational and technical education, as well as the lack of action of the State party to combat the persistent underrepresentation of women in the high education technical and engineering fields" (7).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned that marital rape is recognized only if a judge has previously acknowledged the separation of the spouses" ( 5).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Penal Code (Amendment) Act No. 16 of 2006 which includes a new definition of the offence of trafficking in persons in line with the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols and provision to impose certain reporting obligations on incidents of child abuse" (2). "The Committee further commends the fact that a bill on witness protection is being elaborated. The Committee is, however, concerned at the low number of convictions and punishments for those convicted of trafficking and at the lack of protective measures and safe homes for victims of trafficking. It is also concerned that the State party has not ratified the Protocol to Prevent,...more
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned about information received in respect of the use by the police of the Vagrancy Ordinance of 1842 to arbitrarily arrest sex workers" (6).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-4

"The Committee welcomes the ratification by the State party on 15 October 2002 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its ratification on 22 September 2006 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography" (1).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is further concerned that no measures have been taken to encourage women to participate in political life and that the State party attributes the low representation of women to their own choice, their preoccupation with multiple roles, high costs of the electoral campaigns and the lack of confidence of political parties in the ability of women to garner votes" (6).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"While welcoming the protective measures taken by the State party for women who migrate from Sri Lanka, the Committee remains concerned that these women remain vulnerable to illegal employment agencies, and that many work in exploitative situations and experience violence and abuse at the hands of their employers" (9).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-3

"The Committee therefore encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to consider ratifying the treaties to which it is not yet a party, namely the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee also encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to consider ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees adopted in 1951" (10).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While noting the State party’s explanation that women were not subjected to violence and discrimination during the last stages of the conflict and in the post-conflict phase, the Committee remains deeply concerned about reports of gross violations of the human rights of women on both sides, particularly of the Tamil minority group, the internally displaced women and the female ex-combatants. The Committee is particularly concerned about reports of sexual violence allegedly perpetrated also by the armed forces, the police and militant groups" (8).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee is further concerned that the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment is not a member of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) which consists of representatives of relevant Ministries to consult with donor countries and agencies, and that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, composed of eight members, appointed by the President only includes one woman" (9).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3

"polygamy is not prohibited, that there is no minimum age of marriage recognized under the Muslim Personal Law, and that Tamil women need their husband’s consent to appear in court or undertake any transaction" (9).