General Assembly resolutions relevant to the elimination of all forms of violence
against women, in particular resolution 61/143 of 19 December 2006, and Security
Council resolution 1325 (2000) of 31 October 2000 on women, peace and security,
Recalling the inclusion of gender-related crimes and crimes of sexual violence
in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,
Deeply concerned that all forms of discrimination, including racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and multiple or aggravated forms
of discrimination and disadvantage can lead to the particular targeting or vulnerability
to violence of girls and some groups of women, such as women belonging to minority
groups, indigenous women, refugee and internally displaced women, migrant women,
women living in rural or remote communities, destitute women, women in institutions
or in detention, women with disabilities, elderly women, widows and women in
situations of armed conflict, women who are otherwise discriminated against,
including on the basis of HIV status, and victims of commercial sexual exploitation,
Welcoming the launch of the campaign of the Secretary-General in February
2008 to end violence against women,
Bearing in mind paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolution 60/251 of
15 March 2006,
Recalling its resolutions 5/1 on institution-building of the United Nations
Human Rights Council and 5/2 on the Code of Conduct for Special Procedures
Mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council, of 18 June 2007, and stressing that the
mandate-holder shall discharge his/her duties in accordance with these resolutions and
the annexes thereto,
1.

Strongly condemns all acts of violence against women and girls,

whether these acts are perpetrated by the State, private persons or non-State actors,
and calls for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence in the family,
within the general community and where perpetrated or condoned by the State, in
accordance with the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, and
stresses the need to treat all forms of violence against women and girls as a criminal
offence, punishable by law, as well as the duty to provide access to just and effective

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