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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the information that the Convention forms an integral part of the domestic law of the State party and that specific training addressing issues such as domestic violence and trafficking in human beings was provided to judges and prosecutors. The Committee is concerned, however, about the absence of information on court cases where the Convention has been directly applied or invoked and the fact that training for judges on the Convention is not part of mandatory training neither it is systematic nor comprehensive for all members of the judiciary" (3).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Certain prisons and detention facilities include separate quarters for women" (35).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that access to justice by women and girls, including effective legal remedies, is severely hampered by the reluctance to register complaints and the negative attitudes of law enforcement officials towards women denouncing acts of violence committed against them. The Committee is also concerned about the discriminatory treatment of women in courts, especially foreign women, the lack of interpretation services and legal aid provided to them and the disproportionately severe sentences imposed on foreign women in criminal court proceedings" (pg 3). "The Committee is concerned about violence against women resulting from the criminalization of consensual sexual relations between adults outside marriage, under article 356 of the Penal ...more
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also aware of the simultaneous political deadlock and institutional crisis that are preventing the enactment of laws and adoption of measures to promote and protect women’s rights" (pg 2). "The Committee notes with concern, however, the absence in the law of explicit reference to gender-based violence against women and of provisions specifically criminalizing marital rape, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour and other harmful practices. It is also concerned about the continued existence of discriminatory provisions in the law with regard to the criminalization of adultery and that the law does not take precedence over customary and personal status laws. The Committee further regrets the ...more
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"The Committee notes that the State party intends to strengthen and increase the number of legal clinics. It notes with concern, however, the persistence of many barriers to women’s access to justice, especially in cases of divorce and gender - based violence, such as women’s legal illiteracy, the lack of awareness in the State party and in its relevant national legislation of women ’s rights, gender stereotyping, including among law enforcement personnel and traditional chiefs, the subjection of women to customary and traditional legal systems, corruption within the judiciary, the unavailability of courts in rural areas, legal fees and the cost of medical certificates, which are borne by the victims ...more
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee had urged Burundi “to take the necessary measures to ensure that women in detention are systematically separated from men and supervised by gender-sensitive prison staff” (Paragraph 26). The Government is conscious that unless such separation is brought about, acts of violence, especially sexual violence, will continue. Through the General Directorate of Penitentiary Affairs, the Government has begun separating men and women in prisons by placing them in different quarters and in police detention centres women’s rooms are being separated from men’s. In most cases, the women’s quarters are supervised by policewomen. Burundi still lacks sufficient female police to provide that service. It does, however, have a specialized prison ...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The Committee notes that the Legal Aid Act (No. 29 of 1990), as amended by Act No. 17 of 2000, provides for a legal aid scheme in the State party. The Committee is concerned, however, that, notwithstanding the existence of a legal aid scheme, which is based on a means and merit test, women’s access to justice, in particular in civil cases, including divorce, and in cases of gender-based violence, continues to be limited owing in part to reported cuts to the legal aid fund. The Committee recommends that the State party ensure that adequate funding is provided to the legal aid fund and that women, in particular women pursuing ...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the barriers faced by women in gaining access to justice. It is particularly concerned that women often have to resort to cadi courts and district tribunals, which are not sensitive to gender issues and continue to apply discriminatory provisions. While welcoming the fact that in 2009 most high court judges were women, the Committee notes with concern the lack of information on the gender composition of other courts. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Design a comprehensive judicial policy to eliminate the barriers faced by women and girls in gaining access to justice, provide adequate resources, including legal aid, and set up a ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The obstacles faced by women seeking access to justice, such as sex and gender discrimination against them by police officers and prosecutors, the lack of adequate training and sensitization for justice officials, the lack of legal aid and the limited health-care and psychosocial services for victims of sexual violence, including immediate access to forensic testing" (Pg 5-6).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the establishment, in the framework of the justice sector programme, of justice houses, information offices and counselling centres, but remains concerned about: (a) Persisting barriers faced by women in effectively gaining access to justice, including legal illiteracy, stigmatization of victims, stigmatization of women fighting for their rights, fear of reprisals, difficulties in gaining access to justice infrastructure, difficulties in producing evidence and the limited number of female police officers, especially in rural and peri-urban areas; (b) The limited protection offered by the free legal aid system for women without sufficient means; (c) The lack of cases in which discrimination has been invoked, showing the limited efficiency of ...more
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned that women in detention have limited access to effective remedies, including limited access to mechanisms for lodging complaints about their conditions of detention" (5).
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that there is no legal aid scheme in the State party and that complex legal procedures, exorbitant legal fees and the geographical inaccessibility of courts impede women’s access to justice. The Committee is also concerned that the bill on legal aid has yet to be enacted into law. The Committee is further concerned about the absence of enabling legislation for the Human Rights Commission, which would legally grant it a mandate to undertake activities as a national human rights institution and provide legal services to women. The Committee is concerned at reports that the Commission has inadequate financial and human resources. The Committee recommends that the ...more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The SCJN has issued nine acting protocols for justice providers, highlighting the protocol for judgment with a gendered perspective, and the acting protocol for justice providers in cases involving sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, it pushed forward the adoption of the Iberoamerican performance protocol to improve access to justice for persons and groups in vulnerable conditions; there is a protocol to attend to political violence against women (elaborated by SEGOB, Electoral Tribunal of Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF), National Electoral Institute (INE), PGR and INMUJERES) which permitted, between 2015 and 2016, the receipt of 141 complaints and the delivery of 8 sentences, and a guide for presenting a complaint of ...more
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Approval of Law No. 8204, amending the Psychotropic Substances Act to reduce the penalty for women based on gender criteria, enabled 159 women to be released from the prison system in 2013...This legislation made it possible to incorporate proportionality and gender specificity..." (7-8). "The addendum to article 486 bis of Law No. 7594, the Code of Criminal Process, would allow some people to serve sentences in their homes, using electronic bracelets. This measure would benefit women who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy when entering prison, whether mothers who are heads of household with a child of up to 12 years of age, or if a child or family ...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s ability to access legal services on the basis of equality with men is enshrined in the legislation governing the procedures to be followed before the courts, whether they rule on civil, commercial, criminal or customary ma tters. The same egalitarian rules are set out respecting the ability to conclude contracts and to administer property" (pg 28).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"For the purpose of mother and child protection, Article 71(3) prohibits life detention of women and minors" (Pg 7).
Feb. 21, 2018, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The decision of the Sharia Court raised the anger of Deir ez-Zor's residents, who considered it unfair to kill the two girls by stoning and merely flog the men and set them free" (para 6). "The victims were arrested even though ISIS militants are said to have caught them being abused during a raid in the city of Mosul. They were brought before a sharia court which ordered them to be publicly executed without giving any details about their alleged abusers" (para 8-9).
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned, however, about persisting barriers to women's access to justice, in particular: (a) Women's limited knowledge of their rights and existing complaint mechanisms...(d) The lack of knowledge and sensitivity with regard to women's rights on the part of law enforcement officials and legal practitioners" (4).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Supreme Constitutional Court has jurisdiction for constitutional oversight of legislation. Any woman affected by any legislative provision that contravenes the Basic Law may file an appeal before that court. Where the Court hands down a ruling of unconstitutionality, all parties are prohibited from implementing the overturned provision until it is amended to conform to the Basic Law. The woman victim receives her due, and is compensated for any damages" (8). "Those codes also make a point of protecting women against sexual exploitation during criminal procedures, including by allowing women to be searched only by duly deputized female officers" (8). "Law No. 6 (1998) on correction and rehabilitation centres provides ...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Throughout the process, [female prisoners] are subjected to all manner of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment by the occupying forces. That includes both physical and psychological violence. They are beaten, kicked, slapped in the face, verbally threatened and mentally abused. There are also flagrant sexual assaults against women, in the form of threats or rape directed against them or a female family member. Women are also subjected throughout their incarceration to illegal strip searches conducted by soldiers or members of the occupation prison authority, often as a form of punishment. Such searches involve women being stripped of most of their clothes, and in some cases of their underclothes as ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, noon
Countries: Chile
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Furthermore, the Committee is particularly concerned at the reported disproportionate use of violence by the police, including sexual abuse, against female students during social protests and against women during Mapuche protests. It regrets the absence of prosecution of perpetrators and the failure of the State party to provide access to justice to women victims of such violence" (4).
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There is no separate facility for juvenile females because there were generally fewer than five throughout the country at any one time" (2). "The law extends these rights to all defendants" (3). It appears that the laws and punishments are the same, regardless of gender (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with concern that the majority of women in pre-trial detention are not systematically separated from convicted inmates. It is further concerned about women’s poor conditions of detention, including overcrowding and lack of access to food, drinking water and adequate sanitary conditions," (3)
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There were numerous incidents of police charged with abduction, sexual harassment, theft, and malfeasance..." (32). The majority of sexual harassment charges are assumed to be against women (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Leaders of a lawyer’s association as well as academics reported the practice of innocent women throughout the country and particularly in the north pleading guilty to criminal offenses, usually involving illegal drugs, in order for a male relative, in most cases their husbands, to avoid prosecution or trial. Family members and others often pressured these women to provide false confessions, ostensibly to enable the male offender to continue to provide financially for the family. Criminal defense attorneys insisted police, prosecutors, and ...more
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:22 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

“‘We had too many reports over the years from victims of domestic abuse who said they were not taken seriously by the police when they filed a complaint,’ Ms. Ben Jemia [president of Tunisian Association of Democratic women] During Tunisia’s years of dictatorship, many women who were political activists or simply had ties to the opposition endured violence, including sexual assault, at the hands of the police” (p 8)
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Nonetheless, the Committee is concerned about the institutional, procedural and practical barriers faced by women in gaining access to justice, such as: (a) Discriminatory stereotyping, judicial bias and limited knowledge of women’s rights among the judiciary and the police; (b) Use of mediation in cases of gender-based violence against women" (4). "The Committee takes note of the Gender Programme in the Federal Prison Service, but remains concerned about: (a) The number of women in pretrial detention; (b) Invasive body searches performed on women in prison and the absence of information about the use of electronic surveillance systems at the provincial level; (c) Limited access to education, job skills training, work ...more
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the statement by the State party that 19 of the 26 recommendations made in the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry have been implemented and that steps are being taken to achieve their full implementation. The Committee is particularly concerned, however, about allegations that, in the aftermath of the political events of February/March 2011, some women experienced ill-treatment and intimidation by law enforcement officials and dismissals, suspensions and downgrading of professional positions in the public and private sectors, in addition to various other forms of retribution for their civic engagement, including detention and revocation of nationality, and that a number of women remain in detention" ...more
Jan. 19, 2018, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The team’s players [in the private female basketball club faced backlash from disapproving family members to texted threats and harassment by the religious police, Saudi Arabia’s official enforcers of strict social mores" (para 2).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women were publicly beaten and executed for breaking Taliban-imposed laws" (para 6).
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"In Egypt, it is common to prohibit veiled women from entering night clubs and pubs. Since last year, an increasing number of veiled women were reported to have been denied entry to restaurants as well. One of the cases that created a fuss was that of Heba Arnaout, a professor of microbiology in her 50s who has been veiled for many years. Going to a restaurant and bar in Cairo's upscale district of Zamalek late in December, she says she was asked to leave with her husband and foreign friends because she was wearing the hijab. They got a table after threatening to go to the police and file a ...more