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[16days_discussion] Report launch: Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia

KATHLEEN SLOAN kathleen.sloan at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 27 16:42:37 EST 2011


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Kathy Sloan
National Organization for Women (NOW)
 
 

We are pleased to announce the release of "Combating Acid Violence in 
Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia," a report by the Avon Global Center for Women 
and Justice at Cornell Law School, the New York City Bar Association, the 
Cornell International Human Rights Clinic, and Virtue Foundation. Acid violence 
involves intentional acts of violence in which perpetrators throw, spray, or 
pour acid onto victims' faces and bodies. 


Through a comparative study of India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia, the report 
demonstrates that acid violence is a form of gender-based violence prohibited by 
the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  As 
parties to CEDAW, Bangladesh, India and Cambodia have a legal obligation to 
exercise due diligence to prevent attacks, punish perpetrators, and compensate 
victims. Acid is easily and cheaply available in countries where acid attacks 
are prevalent. The report finds that a key to combating acid violence is to curb 
the easy availability of acid. Governments should adopt legislation to make it 
difficult for potential perpetrators of attacks to obtain acid. 


Governments must end the widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators by adopting 
and effectively implementing laws that provide for appropriate prosecution and 
punishment. When acid attacks do occur, governments are obligated under 
international law to provide redress to victims, which should include 
compensation for healthcare and other costs. In all three countries, survivors 
face immense challenges in obtaining adequate healthcare.

Evidence suggests that acid attacks are higher near areas where industries that 
use acid are located (such as cotton industries in Pakistan and rubber 
industries in Cambodia). Businesses can play a crucial rule in curbing acid 
misuse, including by adopting procedures that are aimed at ensuring that acid is 
not stolen from them and placing warning labels on acid advising users of its 
harmful effects and legal penalties that may ensue from its misuse. The report 
outlines other concrete measures that governments and businesses should take to 
prevent acid violence. We hope that this report contributes to a renewed urgency 
to end these horrific acts of violence. 


For a copy of the report, click on the image at left or visit the homepage of 
the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School: 
www.womenandjustice.org. 

  
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