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Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

III.22 States must provide victims/survivors of CRSV with appropriate care

In conflict-affected areas, access to essential services such as health care, including sexual and reproductive health services, is disrupted. Consequently, women and girls are at a greater risk of unplanned pregnancy, severe sexual and reproductive injuries, contracting sexually transmitted infections and suffering other physical and psychological injuries following CRSV. The breakdown or destruction of health services, combined with restrictions on women's mobility and freedom of movement, further undermines women's equal access to health care, enshrined in article 12(1).

States must take measures to provide women of all ages and backgrounds with adequate protection and health services, paying particular attention to 'the physical and mental health needs of, including psychological support to, victimized women and children born of rape'. Adequate services include:

International Humanitarian Law

III.17 States must provide victims/survivors of CRSV with appropriate care

States must ensure that the wounded and sick, whether civilian or military, receive the medical care and attention required by their condition. No distinction may be made on any grounds other than medical ones.

States should consider how the roles and patterns formed by the social, economic, cultural or political context and resulting in different statuses, needs and capacities among women and men of different ages and backgrounds could hamper the safe access to care of any one group. This may include a reluctance to seek or receive medical care, possibly owing to discrimination or stigma attached to being wounded or sick. States should take into account knowledge of social structures to ensure that health care is fully accessible to both women and men, and minimise the risks of any group being subject to discrimination, lack of respect, harm or danger before, during or after care.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

III.7 States should provide victims/survivors of CRSV with appropriate care

States should take measures to:

    Build adequate shelters for women and children subjected to gender-based violence, in particular women and children with disabilities; Ensure that victims/survivors receive physical and psychological support, including through the establishment of a reparations fund for victims of sexual violence, to be put into operation as soon as possible; Facilitate victims/survivors' access to legal services.

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)

III.15 States must provide victims/survivors of CRSV with appropriate care

Under article 5(e)(iv), victims/survivors of racial discrimination have a right 'to public health, medical care, social security and social services'. States should:

    Provide material, legal, medical and psychological assistance, and other support, to victims/survivors (including undocumented immigrants and immigrants). Victims/survivors of human trafficking should be granted 'a stable residence status and basic livelihood at least until the end of the remedial process'; Set up and adequately fund 'prevention and early assistance centres, counselling services and temporary shelters'; Strengthen and expand existing services, 'including shelters and counselling, for victims of gender-based violence', so as to ensure their accessibility, and 'increase the number of doctors and of functioning and properly equipped primary health centres and health sub-centres in tribal and rural areas'; Ensure equal access to health care facilities and reproductive health services that are affordable, adequate and culturally relevant and accessible; Improve access to maternal health care, family planning, pre- and post- natal care and emergency obstetric services; Facilitate access to adequate contraceptive and family planning methods. States should ensure that women and girls are consulted for the provision of such services; Provide adequate sexual education aimed at the prevention of unintended pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections; Mitigate the risks faced by women seeking an abortion and by health providers assisting them, and ensure that they are not subjected to criminal penalties. States should ensure that legislation on abortion is consistent 'with other human rights, such as women's right to life and right to physical and mental health', and that women 'can access legal voluntary termination of pregnancy under safe and dignified conditions without harassment'.

International Humanitarian Law

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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

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Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

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