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Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In May, Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who had spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, was released and allowed to rejoin her family in Canada. The Pakistan Supreme Court had acquitted Aasia in October 2018, but she had remained in custody due to nationwide protests by religious groups" (para 5). "However, Pakistan's penal code criminalizes same-sex sexual conduct, placing men who have sex with men and transgender women at risk of police abuse, and other violence and discrimination" (para 33).
Sept. 28, 2020, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"During nationwide protests in mid-January, following the president's sudden announcement of a fuel price increase, security forces responded with lethal force, killing at least 17 people, raping at least 17 women, shooting and injuring 81 people, and arresing over 1,000 suspected protestors during door-to-door raids" (para 1). "During nationwide protests against worsening economic conditions, security forces killed 14 men and 3 women between January 14 and February 5" (para 3). "Security forces appeared to take advantage of the general unrest during the protests and crackdown to commit rape and other serious abuses" (para 3).
Sept. 26, 2020, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Eremia and Others v. the Republic of Moldova (28 May 2013): Ms Eremia and her two daughters complained about the Moldovan authorities’ failure to protect them from the violent and abusive behaviour of their husband and father, a police officer. The Court found a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) in respect of Ms Eremia, a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) in respect of her two daughters and a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 3 in respect of Ms Eremia. It held that, despite their knowledge of the abuse, the authorities had...more
Sept. 23, 2020, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In 2019, Indonesian authorities put three women on trial for alleged violations of the country's blasphemy law. In March, a Serang court sentenced Aisyah Tusalamah, who has a psychosocial disability, to five months' imprisonment for posting an allegedly blasphemous video. Police detained Suzethe Margareta, who has paranoid schizophrenia, for bringing her dog to a mosque in Bogor in June. In November, a court in South Sulawesi sentenced Eka Trisusanti Toding, an English teacher, to five months jail over her allegedly blasphemous comments on Facebook about Islam. In April, the Supreme Court rejected a Buddhist woman's appeal of a blasphemy verdict in Medan, North Sumatra. Meliana had complained about the decibel...more
Sept. 21, 2020, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Human Rights Watch estimated in 2013 that half of all women in prison and about 95 percent of girls in juvenile detention in Afghanistan were arrested on ‘moral crimes’ charges" (8).
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Soon, the Taliban blasted statues with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy artillery until they fell. "Then they started destroying our minds," she writes, burning schools, books and banning literature. In short order, girls could go nowhere. They were terrified of being accused of "morality crimes" and dragged to the Taliban's Ministry of Vice and Virtue” (Para 66-67). “[S]tories of honor killings, poisoned wells at schools for girls and attacks that disfigure women persist. Human Rights Watch reported in March that women are still being targeted for committing "moral crimes" like sex outside marriage or running away from home” (Para 78).
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:10 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In March 2017, 41 adolescent girls were killed in a fire in the Hogar Seguro government-run shelter. Fifty-six girls had been locked up for the night in a space that could safely hold only 11, without access to water or a restroom, following a protest against the poor living conditions and treatment received in the shelter—including reports of sexual violence stretching back years. After at least six hours in those conditions, one of the girls set a mattress on fire so police officers on guard would let them out—but the police waited nine minutes before opening the door. Three public officials were due to stand trial in February 2019 for...more
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In March, Malak al-Kashef, a transgender woman, was arrested from her home and accused of 'joining a terrorist group'. She spent four months in pretrial detention in a male prison where she was sexually harassed and abused before being provisionally released in July" (para 31).
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Xingxing’s account said she provided forensic and video evidence to police. She also alleged that a police officer put his hand on her neck to recreate one of her allegations against Bao during questioning, and that officers allowed Bao to be in the same room as her” (para 16).
Aug. 9, 2020, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A report released in April by the National Human Rights Institute (INDH) showed that 19 of the 40 state-run prisons in Chile were above capacity in 2016 and 2017, 24 lacked sufficient access to bathrooms and drinking water, and many had problems with sanitation, mold, pests, air circulation, and heating. Furthermore, 50 percent of men and 35 percent of women did not have access to individual beds" (para. 25).
July 31, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In 2018, several Supreme Court rulings and a new law mandated house arrest instead of pretrial detention for pregnant women, mothers of people with disabilities, and mothers of children under 12, except for those accused of violent crimes or of crimes against their dependents. Yet official data showed that in July 2019 more than 5,100 women entitled to house arrest, 310 of them pregnant, awaited trial behind bars" (para 13).
July 28, 2020, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australian prisons make up 34 per cent of the adult female prison populationxxvii and are the fastest growing prison population. The imprisonment rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women has increased 148 per cent since 1991.xxviii They are currently imprisoned at 21 times the rate of non-Indigenous women" (11). "Enormous trauma is added through the ritual of strip searches. For many “contact” visits, a woman must go into a room, take off her clothes in front of officers, stand naked and be “inspected.” For many women, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, the humiliation is too much and they withdraw from...more
July 10, 2020, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Murder in Iran is subject to the death penalty under the Shariah mandate of “an eye for an eye.” But the penal code, based on Islamic law, exempts a guardian from capital punishment for killing his child. A child’s father and paternal grandfather are considered legal guardians. However, a mother who kills her child would face execution" (para 28-29). "'How is it possible that a father kills and he is not held accountable and he does not face capital punishment?' Faezeh Hashemi, a prominent women’s rights activist and former lawmaker, told local media. 'If we want to approach this issue with logic, wisdom and justice, the father needs to face...more
May 15, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that women represent 3.23 per cent of persons in detention and 6 per cent of persons in administrative detention. It is concerned about serious overcrowding in prisons, obsolete infrastructure, isolation from families owing to the geographical distance of the few prisons with women’s sections, fewer possibilities of work, training and continuous training, access to health, social and cultural services and the higher risk of suicide and forced psychiatric hospitalization" (16).
May 6, 2020, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities held men and women separately in similar conditions, although overcrowding was more prevalent in men’s wards." (6).
April 28, 2020, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The HRMMU’s report Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine, which covered the period from March 2014 to the end of January, stated, 'The majority of documented cases of conflict-related sexual violence happened when people, both men and women, were detained by either government forces or armed groups.' It noted that cases of sexual violence were generally underreported due to trauma suffered by victims, stigma associated with sexual violence, and fear of reprisals. According to the report, 'beatings and electrocutions on the genitals, rapes, threats of rape and forced nudity were used as methods of torture and ill- treatment to punish, humiliate, or extract confessions.' In its December 2016 report, the HRMMU...more
April 24, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In general, prisons had no facilities to care for pregnant women or nursing mothers... The NGO Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)-Nigeria reported children in some cases remained with their inmate mothers up to at least age six. While the total number of children living in prison with their mothers was unknown, CURE-Nigeria’s April survey of 198 of the country’s approximately 1,225 women inmates found more than 30 women with children in just three prisons. Approximately 10 percent of survey respondents reported they were pregnant. Results of surveys of women and children in prisons conducted by CURE-Nigeria revealed many children in custody did not receive routine immunizations, and...more
April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"According to the victim, who uses the online nom de plume Wanwan, officers checked surveillance footage and took witness statements following the incident. But when she later called the local police station to ask about the investigation, Wanwan said she was told that investigators would not be available until the next week. It might have become yet another case where citizen and police indifference compelled a Chinese woman to endure abuse, with no consequences for the abuser. Instead, social media made the difference between police action and inaction. Wanwan took to the microblogging site Weibo and uploaded a video of herself commenting on the surveillance footage, writing that her assailant...more
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In 2011 the government amended the FCR to exempt women, all individuals over age 65, and children below age 16 from collective punishment" (6). "Authorities held female prisoners separately from men. NGOs reported transgender women were held with men and faced harassment. Balochistan had no women’s prison, but women were housed in separate barracks in prisons located in Khuzdar, Gaddani, Quetta, and Loralai" (8). "These councils [informal justice systems] often sentenced women to violent punishment or death for so-called honor-related crimes" (15).
March 16, 2020, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2015, the AIHRC issued a report documenting the widespread use of so-called virginity examinations on female detainees. Afghan police and prosecutors routinely order such tests on women in their custody and use the results to charge women with 'morality crimes." (1). "It is also important to note that during the Afghan solar year 1393, the total number of cases registered by the MoI, MoWA, DoWAs and the Attorney General’s Office is 5,720. of the total, 79% or 4,541 are cases of VAW while the remaining 21% are civil cases concerning disputes related to divorce, separation, and annulment of engagement, alimony and child custody." (9).
March 4, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"Despite a 2016 pledge from President Ashraf Ghani to end the imprisonment of women accused of running away from their families, in 2018 Afghan police and prosecutors continued to jail women and girls for “moral crimes” that include “running away” from home, and committing or attempting to commit zina (sex outside of marriage)." (3).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of female prisoners exchanging sex for “favors” or for items such as cigarettes, food, more comfortable conditions in their cells, or a more favorable handling of their cases" (5).
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Several national indicators reveal that many women know that there are laws protecting them against violence and that they are encouraged to report such violence to the competent authorities. Despite the paucity of reporting on national trends, experienced observers have noted that public security and justice services, as well as private organizations (legal clinics, specialized associations) are increasingly sought by women, and the number of applicants has also increased throughout the country" (9).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Despite the State party’s efforts to improve the conditions of detention and to increase the capacities of penal institutions, the Committee remains concerned at: Overcrowding in certain facilities, including women’s prisons… Reducing the high rate of overcrowding, in particular through the wider application of non-custodial measures as an alternative to imprisonment, in light of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for Non- custodial Measures (Tokyo Rules) and United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (Bangkok Rules)..." (5).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"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" (5).
Jan. 13, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In February three female journalists in Somaliland claimed they were beaten by uniformed officers and detained for several hours while visiting a relative in prison in Hargeisa. No investigation was conducted." (4). "A total of 121 individuals, including five women, were arrested in July during security operations and routine security screening, mostly in the towns of Garowe and Bosasso. The majority of those arrested were reportedly suspected of being al-Shabaab members, irregular migrants, youth accused of petty crimes, and one journalist." (7). "Government forces, allied militias, men wearing uniforms, and AMISOM troops used excessive force, including torture, and raped women and girls, including IDPs." (14). "Increased reports of sexual and...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Reflecting on the growing popularity of such beliefs in Herat, Khorsand says 'it makes no difference for women in Afghanistan if the Taliban exists or doesn't exist.' 'The Taliban's way of thinking about women is the way many people are thinking in Afghanistan,' she says. 'A lot of Afghans have traditional ways of thinking and they believe the talk of the Taliban. Unfortunately, much of their way of thinking is against the rights of women' (para. 15-16). "Most imprisoned Afghan women have been jailed for so-called 'morality crimes,' such as leaving an abusive husband or demanding to marry a man of their own choosing" (para. 25).
Nov. 7, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prison conditions for women were marginally better than those for men." (8). "Media and NGOs reported that sexual harassment by police was also a problem, and the potential for further harassment further discouraged women from filing complaints." (42).
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prison conditions generally varied by gender; female inmates in coed prisons received proportionately more space in their cells than their male counterparts. Female prisoners also experienced a better quality of life than did their male counterparts due to their smaller numbers" (3).
Oct. 22, 2019, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights groups alleged that NISS regularly harassed and sexually assaulted many of its female detainees. NISS arrested award-winning journalist and women’s rights activist Amal Habani in July on charges of indecent dress in violation of the Public Order Act. She stated publicly that she was physically assaulted while in police custody." (pg 6). "Overall conditions, including food, sanitary and living conditions, were reportedly better in women’s detention facilities and prisons, such as the Federal Prison for Women in Omdurman, than at equivalent facilities for men, such as Kober or Omdurman Prisons." (pg 7). "There were reports of individuals detained due to their actual or assumed support of antigovernment forces,...more