Ratification Status

This page highlights the country-specific information on the ratification status, reservations, and declarations pertaining to the CEDAW Convention by the South Asian countries. This information was updated on 24 December 2010. For the latest information, please visit the UN website.

State Date of Signature Date of Ratification. Accession(a) Reservations and Declarations Text of Reservation and Declaration Withdrawal of Reservation and Declaration
Afghanistan 14/08/1980 02/03/2003
Bangladesh 6/11/1984(a) Reservation to Articles 2 , 13(1)(a), 16(1)(c)(f) Reservations: The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh does not consider as binding upon itself the provisions of Articles 2, 13 (a) and 16 (1) (c) and (f) as they conflict with Sharia law based on Holy Quran and Sunna. Withdrawal of reservation 13 (a) and 16(1)(f): On 23 July 1997, the Government of Bangladesh notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the reservation relating to Articles 13(a) and 16(1) (f) made upon accession.
Bhutan 17/07/1980 31/08/1981 None
India 30/07/1980 09/07/1993 Reservation to Article – 29(1); Declaration Art 5(a) &16(1),(2), Declarations: i) With regard to Articles 5 (a) and 16 (1) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Government of the Republic of India declares that it shall abide by and ensure these provisions in conformity with its policy of non-interference in the personal affairs of any Community without its initiative and consent. ii) With regard to Article 16 (2) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Government of the Republic of India declares that though in principle it fully supports the principle of compulsory registration of marriages, it is not practical in a vast country like India with its variety of customs, religions and level of literacy. Reservation: With regard to Article 29 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Government of the Republic of India declares that it does not consider itself bound by paragraph 1 of this Article.
Maldives 01/07/1993(a) Reservation to Articles – Art 7(a) & 16. Reservations: The Government of the Republic of Maldives will comply with the provisions of the Convention, except those which the Government may consider contradictory to the principles of the Islamic Sharia upon which the laws and traditions of the Maldives is founded. Furthermore, the Republic of Maldives does not see itself bound by any provisions of the Convention which obliges to change its Constitution and laws in any manner. Withdrawal of Reservation 7(a) –On 31 March 2010, the Government of the Republic of Maldives notified the Secretary-General of its decision to withdraw its reservation regarding Article 7(a). The reservation read as follows: ” … The Government of the Republic of Maldives expresses its reservation to Article 7(a) of the Convention, to the extent that the provision contained in the said paragraph conflicts with the provision of Article 34 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives ….”
Nepal 05/02/1991 05/02/1991
Pakistan Reservation to Article – 29(1) ; general declaration on accession subject to Constitutional provisions Declaration: The accession by [the] Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the [said Convention] is subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Reservation: The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan declares that it does not consider itself bound by paragraph 1 of Article 29 of the Convention.
Sri Lanka 17/07/1990 05/10/1981



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