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Mapping Discrimination Reports

UPR: Fiji, 20th Session, 2014

Drawing on ICAAD’s research, this submission highlights issues of structural discrimination that impactwomen and minorities. Furthermore, the research examines Fiji’s compliance with its international human rights obligations on the issues of: violence against women, women in the labor market, the unfair treatment of ethnic minorities, the LGBTIQ community, and […]

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UPR: Kiribati, 21st Session, 2014

The report examines Kiribati’s compliance with its international human rights obligations covering: Violence Against Women Gaps in Legislation Around Women’s Rights and Protection Interference with the Judicial Process by Cultural Norms of Apology & Reconciliation. Other Factors Contributing to VAW

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UPR: Italy, 20th Session, 2014

Drawing on ICAAD’s research, this submission highlights issues of structural discrimination that impact women and minorities. The research examines Italy’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, covering: women in the labor market, violence against women, human trafficking, and unfair treatment of Roma, Sinti, and Travellers, the […]

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UPR: France, 15th Session, 2013

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: France The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) submits its analysis on Law No. 2004-22 of Mar. 15, 2004 (also known as the French Headscarf Ban) as a contribution to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of UNHRC member-state […]

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On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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