Article 26: Equality before the law and equal protection of law

Examples of violation of article 26

Discrimination against women in areas such as social security laws (Broeks v. Netherlands, 1987; Zwaan de Vries v. the Netherlands, 1987)

Citizenship or rights of non‑citizens in a country (Aumeeruddy‑Cziffra et al. v. Mauritius, 1981).

Laws which impose more severe penalties on women than on men for adultery or other offences also violate the requirement of equal treatment.

States parties should review their legislation and practices and take the lead in implementing all measures necessary to eliminate discrimination against women in all fields, including private fields.

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