SRI submission to OHCHR on traditional values

Published on March 03, 2014

In 2013, in response to the request from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for submissions on ‘how a better understanding and appreciation of traditional values of dignity, freedom and responsibility could contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights,’ the SRI submitted a report focusing on the many practices and norms that discriminate against women and other groups of people.

The report highlights violations of individuals’ human rights that are justified by reference to tradition, such as so-called honour killings, dowry-related violence and homophobic violence. The report examines cases in which States have taken actions to dismantle such traditional values, norms and practices, such as laws and programmes to end domestic violence and female genital mutilation, the decriminalization of consensual sexual activity and media campaigns to counter homophobia, and recommends that States enact and implement laws, policies and programmes that prevent and penalize harmful traditional practices and promote human rights for all.


SRI trad-values


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