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Latin American Model Protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women (femicide/feminicide)
The gender-related killing of a woman, codified in some legal systems as "femicide" or "feminicide" and in others as aggravated homicide, is the most extreme form of violence against women. It takes place within the family or in public spaces and can be committed by private individuals or carried out or tolerated by state agents. It amounts to the violation of several fundamental rights of women that are established in the core international human rights instruments-especially the right to life, the right to physical and sexual integrity, and the right to personal liberty.
The Latin American Model Protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women (femicide/feminicide) offers guidelines for carrying out an effective criminal investigation of gender-related killings, in accordance with the international obligations assumed by States.