O'Neill Institute   |  July 9, 2010

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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (the “O’Neill Institute”), the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (“CTFK”), ALIAR, the Tobacco Smoke-Free AllianceArgentina (“Aliar”), the Interamerican Health Foundation – Argentina (FIC – Argentina), the Argentina Cardiology Foundation, the Foundation for Women’s Study and Research (FEIM), the Argentine Cardiology Society (SAC) and the Foundation for the
Development of Sustainable Policy (FUNDEPS) hereby respectfully submit the following shadow report, the purpose of which is to assist the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (the “Committee” or “CEDAW Committee”) as it evaluates the sixth periodic report filed by the Argentine Republic (the “State” or “Argentina”). This report will focus on the State’s obligations regarding Articles 3, 10 and 12 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW”). In our shadow report we analyze the prevailing tobacco control legal framework in Argentina and the most important weaknesses in the statutory and regulatory language with special attention to Argentina’s failure to ratify and implement the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the impact of this statute on tobacco use among women. Examining the fulfillment of governments’ obligations to protect the right to health vis-à-vis tobacco control and women is well within this Committee’s competence and authority. This report suggests recommendations for the Committee to consider in formulating its concluding observations to the government of Argentina on its compliance with CEDAW

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