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The Special Rapporteurs
First broadcast September 2006

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Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the United Nations to monitor and report on how people's human rights are protected or violated.

The job combines diplomatic and investigative skills, the work is hard, and at times it is hazardous.

In this three-part series, Gemma Mortensen meets the special rapporteurs for racism, defence of human rights and violence against women.

Part Three - Violence Against Women

In this final programme, Mortensen meets Yakin Erturk, the Special Rapporteur for violence against women. Mortensen visits Erturk in The Netherlands, where they discuss violence against women as a universal issue, relevant on all continents, no matter how developed a country is.

We follow Erturk as she meets women in Amsterdam who are cut off from the help they need: trafficked women, migrant domestic workers and refugees.

One migrant domestic worker, Laurie from the Philippines, gives her moving account to an open forum. Her son has died, but she cannot be with her family because it means that she will not be able to return to the Netherlands.

Later, Mortensen discusses the impact of these personal testimonies on the Special Rapporteurs themselves and we hear Erturk's own response to Laurie's story.

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