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UN says Dominican Republic lagging behind in Women’s Rights

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein has issued an alert regarding legislative modifications that threaten to erode human rights.

On the eve of International Working Women’s day, Zeid reminded the public that the advances made by the feminist movement have been slow but sustained, however several countries had gone backwards in the process of equality.

He said that in some regions there had been a renewed obsession with controlling and limiting the decisions of women about their bodies and their life and the idea that their social function should be limited to reproduction and the family.

The communication cited examples from different countries including the Dominican Republic, saying that those who paid the price for new legislation against women were the women themselves and their children.

He is referring to the recently passed Penal Procedures Code. President Danilo Medina for a second time vetoed the bill after the legislators eliminated that mother’s life, incest or rape could be reasons for abortion.

The Dominican Republic celebrates the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Mar 9, 2017

Category: DR News |

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