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NEW YORK - It is completely unacceptable for governments to try to undermine the commitments they made in Beijing five years ago, said Amnesty International on the opening day of the Special Session on Women at the United Nations General Aseembly.

The Beijing Platform for Action, a blueprint for achieving women's equality, development and peace, was adopted at the Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995. Governments have now come together in New York to review the implementation of this set of commitments.

"In the preparatory sessions, some governments have been challenging the very basis of what was reaffirmed in Beijing: that women's rights are human rights," Amnesty International said.

"The unholy alliance formed by the Holy See, Iran, Algeria, Nicaragua, Syria, Libya, Morocco and Pakistan jas attempted to hold ranson women's human rights."

There have been some positive achievements at the international level in the intervening five years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted:

"Some governments have come to New York with the genuine aim of reviewing the Beijing Platform for Action in the context of the realities of women's lives in their own countries," Amnesty International said.

"A number of Latin American and Southern African countries have played an exemplary role in attempting to steer the Beijing+5 process towards a meaningful outcome. Their efforts, however, have been hampered by a handful of countries after months of negotiation."

"We already have a document: the Beijing Platform for Action. Any final document adopted at this Special Session must demonstrate governments' political will to translate their promises at Beijing into action. The women of the world will accept nothing less."

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