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Latest items for CWC-DATA-3

Nov. 10, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"There were reports of female victims of trafficking among refugees and workers crossing the border [from North Korea] into China"(1)."The law criminalizes defection and attempted defection, including the attempt to gain entry to a foreign diplomatic facility for the purpose of seeking political asylum. Individuals who cross the border with the purpose of defecting or seeking asylum in a third country are subject to a minimum of five years of 'labor correction.' In 'serious' cases defectors or asylum seekers are subjected to indefinite terms of imprisonment and forced labor, confiscation of property, or death. Many would-be refugees who were returned involuntarily were imprisoned under harsh conditions"(10)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"There were reports of female victims of trafficking among refugees and workers crossing the border into China"(1)."Defector and refugee reports noted instances in which the government executed political prisoners, opponents of the government, repatriated defectors, government officials, and others accused of crimes"(1)."Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and press reports indicated that border guards had orders to shoot to kill individuals leaving the country without permission"(1)."The law provides for the 'freedom to reside in or travel to any place'; however, the government did not respect this right. The government continued to control internal travel carefully. The government did not cooperate with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees or other humanitarian ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Danah has decided to try to stay in the United States, too. One Saudi sociologist estimates that more than 1,000 women flee the kingdom every year, while more escape Riyadh for Jidda, the Red Sea city, which is considered more liberal than the capital" (para 10).
Oct. 26, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"High Commissioner Zeid deployed a team of human rights officers to the Bangladeshi border with Myanmar, where an estimated 66,000 Rohingya have fled since 9 October 2016. All the individuals interviewed by the team had fled Myanmar after the 9 October attacks against three border guard posts, which had prompted intense military operations and a lockdown in north Maungdaw. The military indicated that it was conducting 'area clearance operations' in the region"(para 6-7)
Oct. 26, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"High Commissioner Zeid deployed a team of human rights officers to the Bangladeshi border with Myanmar, where an estimated 66,000 Rohingya have fled since 9 October 2016.All the individuals interviewed by the team had fled Myanmar after the 9 October attacks against three border guard posts, which had prompted intense military operations and a lockdown in north Maungdaw. The military indicated that it was conducting 'area clearance operations' in the region"(para 6-7)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"Since 2000, Russia has been hit by 82 suicide bombing attacks involving 125 suicide bombers, at least 52 of whom were women. I know of several families in Dagestan whose young women adopted radical strands of Islam and then converted their siblings and even their fathers. One by one their family members joined the insurgency in Russia and were killed, or are now members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). In the last two years many radical women from the North Caucasus have resettled in areas of Syria and Iraq under IS control"(para 19)
Oct. 11, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In Somalia, over two decades of brutal conflict have displaced approximately 20 per cent of the population" (para 8).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In March 2016, a report by the Women’s Refugee Commission sounded the alarm that hastily established refugee shelters in Germany and Sweden were leaving women and girls vulnerable to 'rape, assault, and other violence'. The report found that many shelters lacked separate sleeping areas or bathrooms for women and children. It also identified a lack of medical and psychosocial services to support women who had experienced gender-based violence" (para 4).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"After arriving in Berlin in the summer of 2015 and being housed in a former airport called Tempelhof, she began suffering from frequent panic attacks, which left her immobilised and unable to speak. She told IRIN that male residents and security staff often took the opportunity to hug and touch her while pretending to comfort her" (para 2). "March 2016, a report by the Women’s Refugee Commission sounded the alarm that hastily established refugee shelters in Germany and Sweden were leaving women and girls vulnerable to 'rape, assault, and other violence'. The report found that many shelters lacked separate sleeping areas or bathrooms for women and children. It also identified ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"While Germany has accepted hundreds of the most traumatized Yezidi women and girls under an agreement between the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg and the Iraqi Kurdish government, hundreds of survivors remain in Iraqi Kurdistan and many suffer from severe trauma. The German program, which costs €95 million and provides the women and girls with residency for two years that they can then extend, has closed its intake so this option is no longer available to more recent escapees" (para 40).
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The renewed assault on those working on women’s rights has been manifested most extremely by the arbitrary arrest and detention, since 6 June, of Dr Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian national and prominent anthropology professor renowned for her decades of academic work on women’s issues. Except for one brief meeting with her lawyer, Dr Homa Hoodfar has been held largely incommunicado since her arrest and is currently held in Tehran’s Evin Prison"(para 10)
Aug. 31, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

“Camps for internally displaced people (IDP) are often difficult to navigate for those with mobility problems or other disabilities. We have heard of men forcing disabled women and girls to have sex with them in exchange for ‘help’ getting food and water. In the Jos North district, 15 out of 35 women with disabilities spoke of violations in IDP camps” (para 9).
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Rights groups estimate 30,000 migrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, are working in bars in shopping streets and red light districts in the bustling city near the Guatemala border [in Mexico] that has become a trafficking hotspot"(para 2)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The number of families, mostly from Central America, stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border jumped 122 percent in the six months to April 2016 compared to a year earlier as authorities cracked down on security, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said"(para 5)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"From morning to night, Mexican banda music blares out from the dingy bars in Mexico's southern border city of Tapachula where thousands of Central American women sell sex to fund their dream of reaching the United States.Rights groups estimate 30,000 migrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, are working in bars in shopping streets and red light districts in the bustling city near the Guatemala border that has become a trafficking hotspot.This includes increasing numbers of women and children fleeing Central America due to the deteriorating situation, said Francesca Fontanini, spokeswoman for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.UNHCR figures show the number of Central American migrants seeking asylum abroad surged five-fold ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Afghani was in fifth grade when the fighting between the mujahideen and the Soviet Union became so fierce that her family left Afghanistan for Pakistan. In Peshawar, she enrolled in master’s-level classes in Islamic studies and began learning Arabic. Once there, she came to see an Islam that was not what she had been familiar with"(para 7)."Gradually, Afghani got involved with an Afghan women’s rights group in Peshawar. And over time, she formed her own organization, later named the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). She decided to take an Islamic approach, which made it possible for her to teach literacy classes for women in refugee camps. 'It was ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Afghani was in fifth grade when the fighting between the mujahideen and the Soviet Union became so fierce that her family left Afghanistan for Pakistan. In Peshawar, she enrolled in master’s-level classes in Islamic studies and began learning Arabic. Once there, she came to see an Islam that was not what she had been familiar with"(para 7)."After 2001, when the Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan, scores of refugees started returning to the country, Afghani among them. She began setting up women’s centers where literacy was taught"(para 11)
June 7, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Because of the fighting between government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition on one side and Houthi rebels supported by forces loyal to the country’s former president on the other, more than 400,000 girls under 18 have lost their homes, and many of them are living in refugee camps. Hundreds of thousands have lost access to schooling, and when girls are not in school, many families start to think about marrying them off" (p 28)
April 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In July the government agreed to accept through UNHCR some 900 refugees from camps in Lebanon and Jordan...The government also provided temporary protection to individuals who may not qualify as refugees and provided it to approximately 280 480 persons during the first 11 months of 2015" (13).
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Authorities manage a directed program of integration, resettlement, and return under which the Netherlands accepted up to 500 refugees from foreign countries each year for permanent resettlement. During the year this included 250 Syrians from refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan" (9-10).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"As the security situation remained poor throughout the year, the fear of detention, lack of opportunity, and violence pushed an ever-growing number of migrants and refugees to undertake the crossing to Europe" (18). "On September 20, UNHCR estimated there were 435,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country...Approximately 40,000 members of the Tawarghan community remained displaced, the largest single IDP population" (18). "Nearly 120,000 migrants departed western Libya for Europe since January 1" (19). "Some refugees faced abuse similar to migrants, principally arbitrary detention, but also killings and gender-based violence" (20).
March 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In January the country received 13 Syrian refugees for permanent resettlement through UNHCR" (7).
March 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"As of June UNHCR reported the country hosted more than 8,400 Senegalese refugees and asylum seekers; most were from Senegal’s Casamance region, where a low-level separatist conflict has gone on for decades" (7).
March 16, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Iraq
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"In 2016, the largest number of migrants arriving in Italy has been Eritreans; the second-largest, Nigerians. Most Africans are economic migrants whose desperate financial conditions generally do not qualify them for refugee status or other forms of protection. Fleeing from conflict, Syrians, Iraqis and Afghanis have a well-founded and legally recognized fear of persecution in their own countries" (para 17).
March 16, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"The sea routes tacitly reinforce a racist picture of the refugee crisis. A recent New York Times article was headlined, “For Europe, Arab Lives Matter More Than Africans’.” Africans take the Libyan sea route, paying $1,000 to $2,000 to smugglers who pile them into cheap rubber dinghies vulnerable to capsizing. Another major sea route, from Egypt to Italy, is called “the business class” route. It is used by Syrian refugees who pay $3,000 to $5,000 for passage on relatively more seaworthy wooden boats" (para 16). "Fleeing from conflict, Syrians, Iraqis and Afghanis have a well-founded and legally recognized fear of persecution in their own countries" (para 17)more
March 16, 2017, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana, Morocco
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"Well known for its earthquakes, Catania is facing a different kind of upheaval, receiving two-thirds of all migrants arriving in Italy. The city has established the largest refugee camp in Europe in the nearby town of Mineo. Depending on the month, Mineo houses 3,000 to 4,000 refugees in residential structures formerly used by the U.S. Army and designed to shelter only 2,000. At the time we visited Mineo, residents included a mix of Eritreans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Gambians, Moroccans and Bangladeshis. Twenty percent of the residents were female" (para 3).
March 16, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"Well known for its earthquakes, Catania is facing a different kind of upheaval, receiving two-thirds of all migrants arriving in Italy. The city has established the largest refugee camp in Europe in the nearby town of Mineo. Depending on the month, Mineo houses 3,000 to 4,000 refugees in residential structures formerly used by the U.S. Army and designed to shelter only 2,000. At the time we visited Mineo, residents included a mix of Eritreans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Gambians, Moroccans and Bangladeshis. Twenty percent of the residents were female" (para 3). "In Catania, I spoke with Efosa (a pseudonym), a male migrant from Nigeria, and asked if he had knowledge of Nigerian ...more
March 16, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"In Mineo, we spoke with six Nigerian women refugees who had traveled to Libya to board the perilous boats to Italy. Initially, they were hesitant to talk, but then all began to speak at once in a cacophony of conviction about their experiences. All six of these women had been raped during her passage" (para 12). "Since 2012, she has seen an increase in sexual violence, particularly in women arriving on the sea route from Libya. Many of the women she takes care of had made the crossing unaccompanied, having no other choice. Some arrive HIV-positive or with other sexually transmitted infections. Others arrive pregnant, the result of rape during ...more
March 16, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"In summer, the city draws crowds of tourists, most of whom are unaware that in this season, 2,000 refugees are landing daily on nearby shores. Sixty percent of those arriving in Europe during the first five months of 2016 were women and children, many fleeing physical and sexual violence in their countries—only to encounter worse on their journeys" (para 1). "Well known for its earthquakes, Catania is facing a different kind of upheaval, receiving two-thirds of all migrants arriving in Italy. The city has established the largest refugee camp in Europe in the nearby town of Mineo. Depending on the month, Mineo houses 3,000 to 4,000 refugees in residential structures ...more
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The country hosted refugees from neighboring countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As of June UNHCR recorded 8,670 refugees, including 6,598 Ivoirians" (16).