The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killing recently issued a call for submissions to civil society, academic, member states, UN agencies on:
  • A gender-sensitive approach to extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions: legal and research methodology implications
  • Gender-specific killings that may amount to extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary, including for instance, domestic violence, honor killings, “femicide”, and/or other topics to be identified through consultation.
APWLD’s submission focused on feminist principles and perspectives that will aid the mandate in adopting a gender-sensitive approach, particularly through our Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) methodologies, and included as a case study from one of our FPAR reports, ‘Justice delayed, justice denied: Sexual violence against indigenous women and girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and their access to justice’.
Our submission highlighted: the situation of women human rights defenders, who are targeted with gendered threats of violence towards themselves and their family members, sometimes towards their children, a reflection of how women are often targeted in their role as mothers; the need for an intersectional understanding; and how a gender-sensitive approach to this mandate will have to address overlap with other mandates including violence against women, arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearance.
The Special Rapporteur has indicated that there will be future calls for case studies, for which APWLD intends to engage with our members on.
Please click here to download a copy of the submission.