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Jan. 18, 2021, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: China, Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gabon, Honduras, Laos, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palestine, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname
Variables: ABO-SCALE-1

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Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“The case has brought the issue of sexual violence against children to the forefront in Sierra Leone, where such crimes are often dealt with between families in private. In February, President Julius Maada Bio declared sexual violence a national emergency and he has vowed to help the five-year-old get medical treatment abroad” (para 3). “Fatima Maada Bio, the wife of Sierra Leone's president, has been vocal in promoting the rights of girls and initially heard about the child's case. She and her husband later traveled to the Aberdeen Women's Center where the five-year-old has been receiving medical care free of charge. The president's proclamation in February has not been without...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“The declaration [from the President of Sierra Leone] calls for a special police division to handle sexual assault cases involving minors. Most significantly, it calls for life imprisonment for those convicted of raping children” (para 10).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“But months later the girl's case has shown just how difficult combating sexual violence can be: Her father objected to the rape being tried in court, requiring police to issue a restraining order so she could continue receiving medical treatment. No court date has been set, not even a prosecutor chosen” (para 4). “The child's lawyer Fatmata Sorie said the man who committed the crime - believed to be a 28-year-old male relative - still walks free” (para 6).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRCM-DATA-2

“At first no one knew why the five-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play” (para 1). “Some in the community blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed as a result of her injuries” (para 2). “The man accused in the five-year-old's case - who is her uncle - remains jailed without bail while his case is before the country's high court. A defense lawyer has yet to be assigned” (para 12). “Health workers at the Aberdeen Women's Center have determined she was...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“But months later the girl's case has shown just how difficult combating sexual violence can be: Her father objected to the rape being tried in court, requiring police to issue a restraining order so she could continue receiving medical treatment. No court date has been set, not even a prosecutor chosen” (para 4). “The child's lawyer Fatmata Sorie said the man who committed the crime - believed to be a 28-year-old male relative - still walks free” (para 6). “The man accused in the five-year-old's case - who is her uncle - remains jailed without bail while his case is before the country's high court. A defense lawyer has yet...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“At first no one knew why the five-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play” (para 1). “Some in the community blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed as a result of her injuries” (para 2). “Health workers at the Aberdeen Women's Center have determined she was in fact only 4 when the rape took place. Those who have cared for her especially want to see the law fully implemented as a deterrent” (para 13).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

“The law in the West African nation had carried a maximum penalty of 15 years, with no minimum sentencing requirement. Advocates say one man convicted of raping a 13-year-old served only 24 hours last year” (para 11).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“The president's proclamation in February has not been without controversy despite the widespread support for sexual violence victims: Opposition party legislators objected to the president's unilateral declaration. The parliament must still approve the measure, though Sierra Leone's attorney general has ordered judges to start applying it already” (para 9).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“‘With this declaration, I have also directed the following: that all government hospitals must provide free medical treatment and certificate to every victim of rape and sexual abuse,’ he said” (para 5). “Thousands of cases [of rape] are unreported because of a culture of silence or indifference, leaving victims traumatised, he said, adding that he wants to increase awareness” (para 7). “He also ordered the creation of a special police division for rape and sexual violence against minors” (para 10).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

“Olabisi Claudius Cole, head of the Rainbo Initiative that provides free medical and psycho-social services for survivors of gender-based violence, called the president's declaration a landmark in tackling such violence in Sierra Leone” (para 11).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Julius Maada Bio said hundreds of cases of rape and sexual assault are reported in the west African nation each month against women, girls and babies as young as three months old… He added that 70 per cent of victims are under 15” (para 2-3). “Thousands of cases [of rape] are unreported because of a culture of silence or indifference, leaving victims traumatised, he said, adding that he wants to increase awareness” (para 7).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“The current law carries a maximum penalty of 15 years, and very few cases have been prosecuted” (para 4).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Sierra Leone's president has declared a national emergency over rape and sexual violence in a keynote address” (para 1). “Mr Bio's declaration comes after months of campaigning by activists” (para 6). “The government will engage communities and civil society in dialogue to end the scourge that is slowly wrecking the nation, the president said” (para 8). “Olabisi Claudius Cole, head of the Rainbo Initiative that provides free medical and psycho-social services for survivors of gender-based violence, called the president's declaration a landmark in tackling such violence in Sierra Leone. It had been made possible by the tireless voices of survivors and activists, she said. First lady Fatima Bio said all...more
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“The president declared that those who sexually assault minors will face life in prison” (para 3). “The current law carries a maximum penalty of 15 years, and very few cases have been prosecuted” (para 4).
Nov. 23, 2020, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"S 27: (4) Subsection (1) [prohibiting discriminatory laws] shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provision— ... (e) for the application in the case of members of a particular race or tribe or customary law with respect to any matter to the exclusion of any law with respect to that matter which is applicable in the case of other persons S 170: (2) The common law of Sierra Leone shall comprise the rules of law generally known as the common law, the rules of law generally known as the doctrines of equity, and the rules of customary law including those determined by the Superior Court...more
Nov. 23, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"It is also concerned that other statutory and customary norms that discriminate against women remain in force, in particular those contained in: (a) Section 8 (1) (b) of the Chieftaincy Act, which permits disqualification of women as candidates for chieftaincy election based on tradition; (b) The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act No. 12 of 1972, which provides for different minimum ages for men and women to qualify as jurors; (c) Customary law pertaining to marriage consent and women’s right to inheritance" (Article 10).
Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: AFE-SCALE-1

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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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Countries: Sierra Leone
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