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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There were continued reports that police raped female and male detainees. The government authorized the NHRC to investigate rape cases involving police officers. By law the NHRC may also request information about cases involving the army and paramilitary forces, but it has no mandate to investigate those cases. NGOs claimed the NHRC underestimated the number of rapes committed in police custody. Some rape victims were unwilling to report crimes due to social stigma and the possibility of retribution, compounded by a perception of a lack of oversight and accountability, especially if the perpetrator was a police officer or other official. There were reports police officials refused to register rape cases"...more
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
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"According to credible reports, security services committed rape and other forms of violence against women and girls, often with impunity. For example, on April 30, the police arrested a police corporal for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl inside the Mangoron Mahauta Police Brigade Quarters in Kano State. There was no further information on the case as of December" (Pg 5). "Female inmates in some cases faced the threat of rape...Authorities sometimes held female and male prisoners together, especially in rural areas. Prisons had no facilities to care for pregnant women or nursing mothers. Infants born to inmate mothers usually remained with the mother until weaned. Prison authorities often held juvenile...more
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
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"Prison officials held female inmates in separate quarters that were less crowded and relatively cleaner than men’s quarters" (Pg 2).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
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"In January the partial redevelopment of Tai Lam Center for Women [in Hong Kong] added space for 128 women inmates, alleviating the overcrowding problem for women in high-security prisons" (111).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
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"The constitution states that 'women and men shall have the same rights and duties in all areas of family life and political, economic, social, cultural life,' but it does not specifically address discrimination" (p. 13).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Conditions in the women’s prisons were generally better than conditions in most of the men’s prisons, but overcrowding at Jweideh was a problem" (4). "Governors used this provision widely, including to place women in “protective detention” when family members threatened to kill them to protect family honor. Although incarcerated indefinitely, these women faced no legal charges and posed no threat to public safety. Human rights advocates estimated authorities held 40 to 50 women under protective detention throughout the year" (8).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
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"The establishment of Police Offices for GBV victims in Police Stations continued, enabling a private and differentiated attention to victims reporting GBV. In 2016 GBV Police Offices were operational in 12 Police stations. In 2015 ICIEG conducted a meeting with National Police Commissioners from all of the country’s districts, to share good practices and experiences in police attention to GBV victims and stimulate the expansion of GBV Police Offices to more police stations" (12).
June 3, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Sudan

"Between 2008 and 2010 more than 20,000 girls and women were lashed publicly for defying discriminatory laws related to dress codes. In 2012, between May and August, three women were sentence to stoning, which was a new occurrence in Sudan. Even thought Article 146 of the Criminal Code does prescribe stoning as a punishment, in the past the 7-8 cases tried never resulted in the actual sentencing to death by stoning. Thankfully, the recent cases in 2012 were all overturned, but the fact that this happened within a 4 month span is a very worrying sign of rising fundamentalisms, and increased threat’s to women’s everyday security" (Pg 37).more
June 3, 2019, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"Justice For Iran was established in July 2010 with the aim of addressing and eradicating the practice of impunity prevalent among Iranian state officials and their use of systematic sexual abuse of women as a method of torture in order to extract confession" (Pg 25).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the adoption in 2011 of a federal law on free legal assistance, but notes with concern the absence of an effective complaint mechanism for women to claim their rights and of information on the number of court cases of discrimination against women. It remains concerned that, since the consideration of the State party’s previous reports, in 2010, the Office of the Ombudsman has received no complaints of gender-based discrimination. It is further concerned about reported barriers that women are facing when they seek justice, including social stigma and negative stereotypes, lack of awareness of their rights and about limited knowledge of the Convention, the Optional Protocol and...more
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"It also welcomes the fact that the State party is carrying out an inquiry to analyse access to justice in discrimination cases and propose corrective action, if necessary, including with regard to the work and mandate of the Equality Ombudsman. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned at the complexity of the legal proceedings foreseen under the Discrimination Act, which may hamper access to justice for women victims of rights violations, in particular for victims belonging to disadvantaged groups" (5).
May 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
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"The Committee reiterates its previous concern regarding the low number of gender discrimination lawsuits filed and the fact that women often prefer out-of-court settlements owing to, inter alia, the financial cost of litigation and the difficulty of substantiating incidents of gender discrimination" (3).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
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"By custom young children and infants born in prison remained in custody with their mothers until age nine. Prison authorities performed pregnancy tests on all female prisoners upon entry into a facility. Prisons segregated male and female adult prisoners and subjected them to similar conditions" (7). "Women faced deeply entrenched discrimination in both law and practice in all aspects of their lives. Mechanisms to enforce equal protection were weak, and the government-in-exile could not implement them effectively" (38).
May 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female prisoners had better conditions than those of men, in large part due to less crowding" (p. 3).
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
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"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to facilitate women’s access to justice. Nevertheless, it notes with concern that the State party has not implemented the Committee’s recommendations in communication No. 36/2012,1 in which the Committee found that the State party had violated article 11 (2) (b) of the Convention. The Committee notes that one of the authors subsequently initiated proceedings in the State party, where a local court determined that article 11 (2) of the Convention had direct effect and that the State party had violated the Convention" (4).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In most prisons there was no separation of adult and juvenile prisoners; of male and female prisoners; or of persons convicted of serious crimes, minor offenses, or in pretrial detention. According to the GDP, of 21,989 prisoners held in 2016, approximately 34 percent were in pretrial detention and 29 percent had received a final verdict; approximately 8 percent of prisoners were women; and 4 percent were minors. According to a local NGO, there were several pregnant women in prison as well as children living with their incarcerated mothers" (3).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A police investigation into a 2016 case involving the alleged rape of a female inmate by a corrections officer was completed, and the case was pending trial at Suva’s High Court" (2). "In an attempt to increase respect for human rights by security forces, the FHRADC, international organizations, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a number of human rights training courses with law enforcers. For example authorities conducted human rights and gender training for 28 military officers on May 9" (4). "Women have the same rights and status as men under family law and in the judicial system. Nonetheless, women and children had difficulty having protection orders enforced by police...more
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights abuses under Hamas de facto rule included… widespread and arbitrary enforcement of “morality codes” against women by authorities" (54). "Some PA prisons continued to be crowded and lacked ventilation, heating, cooling, and lighting systems conforming to international standards. Authorities at times held male juveniles with adult male prisoners. Security services used separate detention facilities. Conditions for women were virtually identical to those for men" (62). "Female prisoners and detainees reported harassment and abuse during arrest and in detention by the ISF. According to PCATI there was no investigation into these complaints" (62). "Hamas’s 'morality police' punished women for behavior they deemed inappropriate such as riding...more
April 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported female prisoners generally fared better than male prisoners. Authorities held women in separate prison wings and provided women guards. Women generally received more food from their families than did male prisoners. The several dozen children under age four living with their incarcerated mothers were required to share their mothers’ food allocation. NGOs were unaware of women inmates reporting rapes or other physical abuse. With support from NGOs, prisons distributed some supplies such as sanitary pads for women. In contrast to previous years, a local NGO working in the prison system reported prison officials stopped reserving many of these supplies for themselves. Officials did not provide pregnant women and...more
April 24, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
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"In December 2014 the Belgrade Center for Human Rights reported that there were approximately 10,400 prisoners in the country. The maximum capacity of the country’s prisons was estimated at 9,300 (an increase from a reported capacity of 6,500 in 2013). Women made up approximately 3 percent of the prison population while juveniles constituted 1 percent. While prison conditions did not vary by gender, the ombudsman’s 2014 annual report noted that the relatively small number of female prisoners resulted in their frequently being placed in de facto solitary confinement for extended periods of time. Youth and adult populations lacked proper separation at the correctional facility for younger prisoners; the maximum age...more
April 23, 2019, 7:19 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Although conditions at the women’s prison were better than those in the Port of Spain Prison, the women’s facility occasionally became overcrowded, since it held both women on remand and those serving prison sentences. The daily average female prison population was 130 in facilities with a maximum capacity of 158, according to figures from 2016, the most recent data available. Since there was no female youth facility, authorities placed some underage female prisoners in a segregated wing of the women’s prison and returned others to their families" (p. 2 - 3).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Regarding Recommendation 22 (d) CEDAW/C/BIH/CO/4-5 training on Law on Protection against Domestic Violence, the GEL, LPD and the Istanbul Convention was systematized in centres for judicial and prosecutorial education of FBiH and RS. Special modules have been defined within the training programme of police academies of FBiH and RS and other police education institutions in BiH to tackle this topic. Establishing associations of female police officers in the FBiH and RS has significantly contributed to strengthening of the status of female police inspectors, and increasing sensitivity of police to the issue of violence against women" (21). "The quality of health services provided to female prisoners in prisons and penitentiaries is...more
April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
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"The law establishes sentences of one to three years in prison for public officials who deny a person’s civil rights based on gender" (p. 23 - 24). It shows denying civil rights based on gender is common (JSM - Coder comment).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and provides for the right of any person to challenge the lawfulness of his/her arrest or detention in court, and the government generally observed these requirements" (8). "It prohibits, however, detention in Holot [a remote semiopen facility run by the IPS] based on certain factors including age, health, gender, or other protected status" (9). "The NGO Human Rights Defenders Fund reported police detained nine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) participants in a July 20 protest (see section 6) and strip-searched seven of them at the police station" (12).
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about: (a) The high and rising incarceration rates of indigenous and Afro-Canadian women in federal and provincial prisons; (b) The classification of many women in the federal prison system at a maximum-security level, thus restricting their access to work and community programmes and to aboriginal healing lodges; (c) The high rates of HIV among female inmates; (d) The many cases of administrative or disciplinary segregation, sometimes for long periods, including of detainees with mental illness, and reported cases of solitary confinement; (e) The continuing presence of male guards in female prisons, which increases the risk of sexual harassment or assault and violates the right to privacy...more
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Commonly reported methods of torture and abuse in prisons included threats of execution or rape, forced virginity and sodomy tests, sleep deprivation, electroshock, burnings, the use of pressure positions, and severe and repeated beatings. UNSR Jahangir highlighted reports of prisoners being subjected to blackmail, beating, and other physical abuse" (7). "Medical services for female prisoners in places like Evin Prison were reported as grossly inadequate" (7). "Prisoners practicing a religion other than Shia Islam reported experiencing discrimination while incarcerated" (8) Men and women participants in Shia Islam are discriminated against (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "According to the CHRI, authorities sentenced Faezeh Hashemi to a six-month prison term in March for 'spreading falsehoods,'...more
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
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"An EU-sponsored program offered sewing and dressmaking training to 40 female prisoners. Early in the year the INR opened a new facility in the province of Soriano and an isolation ward for seven prisoners with tuberculosis in the prison of Canelones. The Council of Secondary School Education agreed with INR to provide classes on sexual education and domestic violence to 600 prisoners of Comcar, Punta de Rieles, and Centro Metropolitano de Rehabilitacion Femenino prisons" (p. 3). It shows frequent problems of everyday life for women in the jail (JSM - Coder comment).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In April UNODC released a statement stating the agency trained 283 penitentiary officials in workshops on international standards for treatment of prisoners held in eight cities in 2016 and 2017. Training included special instruction on the “specific needs” of female inmates and inmates who were considered particularly vulnerable" (p. 6).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female inmates experienced sexual harassment and assault on a regular basis, mostly by other incarcerated persons, and some were forced to pay antirape extortion fees. While observers noted that violence against women reportedly was rampant, they reported a culture of silence that suppressed reporting of genderbased violence for fear of reprisal" (p. 5). "In March five female police officers in the city of Potosi filed a formal complaint of “psychological abuse and extreme work pressure” by the local representative of the Special Force to Fight Against Violence (FELCV). The women made the complaint under the condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisal. The local human rights ombudsman began an investigation...more
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
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"Prison overcrowding remained a serious problem. While the penal code establishes the separation of women and men, juveniles and adults, and pretrial detainees and convicts into separate quarters, there was anecdotal evidence that not all prison facilities followed these rules. Penal Reform International reported conditions were generally better in women’s colonies than in those for men, but they remained substandard. Thirteen women’s facilities also contained facilities for underage children of inmates who had no options for housing them with friends or relatives" (7). "In July, President Putin pardoned Annik Kesyan and Marina Dzhandzhgava, two women convicted of treason for sending text messages about the movement of Russian military equipment on...more