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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
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1, ASR-PRACTICE-1, ASR-DATA-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"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
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prison conditions for women were generally better than for men, but conditions for both populations remained poor, with overcrowded facilities, poor medical care, and a lack of basic supplies for personal hygiene"(2)."In August the government awarded a contract to improve sanitation at the women’s prison in Panama City, which held more than 800 inmates"(5)."Rapes constituted the majority of sexual crimes investigated by the PNP and the PNP’s Directorate of Judicial Investigation. NGOs reported that many women were reluctant to report rapes due to fear of retaliation, inadequate response, and social stigma"(16)."Domestic violence continued to be a serious and underreported problem. Statistics varied widely between reporting authorities. The Integrated National System ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"At least one [woman] was 'humiliated' during police questioning, as the victim told human rights defenders" (para 5). "Okil sharipov was arrested in Isfara in sigd Region in late February 2016 for filming police harassment of women for wearing the hijab" (para 12). ""Police 'humiliate' women during questioning, another's husbandheld for three days" (para 28). "In zulola's case, 'both she and her husband were summoned to the Police Station and questioned separately. Each was questioned for between three and four hours.' Zulola told the human rights defender that she 'felt humiliated' during the police questioning. After the incident Zulola 'changed her dress and head cover style'" (para 30). "Police stopped ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Yaganah recalled that in 2013, she had to go to the police to report a man who was harassing her and blocking her way at night. 'The the police station deputy became my problem,' she said. 'He called me every week and asked; 'Where are you? Are you at home? I want to come to your home to have tea together.' Sometimes at midnight, he would call me and say: 'Is there any problem? If there is anything, I will come.''" (para 22-23).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"For the brides who manage to escape their husbands, pursuing a criminal case against them can be near impossible, according to Narender Singh, a local district chief magistrate in Haryana" (para 20).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On March 19, 2015, Farkhunda Malikzada was murdered by a mob of angry Afghan men because a local religious cleric had falsely accused her of burning the Quran. The crowd threw stones at her, drove over her body, and set her on fire. On the day she died, Farkhunda had no protection from the state or those around her. The struggle to achieve justice for her has become a sign of the struggle to protect the rights of women throughout Afghanistan" (para 1). "The lack of justice has had significant implications for women’s rights in Afghanistan, where the majority of perpetrators of violence against women never face legal repercussions. The ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The failure to conduct proper investigations and prosecute the attackers and to ensure that women have access to the services they need to heal sends a harsh message to women that sexual violence is not taken seriously" (para 15).
Dec. 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"An increasing number of employers now permit women to use their birth surnames professionally. Yet the courts have undermined even that practice. This month, a Tokyo District Court declined to grant a high school teacher’s request to use her original name at work. That decision came after Japan’s Supreme Court ruled in December that the law did not violate the Constitution or place an undue burden on women. Critics were disappointed that the decision did not strike down the legal prohibition against separate surnames for married couples, leaving it to the Parliament instead" (para 8-9). "In the Tokyo District Court case, the three judges, all men, ruled that the teacher’s ...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1, IIP-LAW-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"until Saudi women can work, travel, file legal claims, and otherwise engage in public life without permission from their male guardians — their father or husband, sometimes even their son —the country won’t realize the economic potential of half its population" (para 3).
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"[The committee] also called for increasing the age of criminal responsibility, especially for girls which is set at full 9 lunar years for certain crimes, and is 'extremely low'" (para 7).
Nov. 27, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In recent years following an increase in the summer air temperature and the thinning of women’s clothing, the security forces implemented a special plan to counter the improper wearing of the hijab. In March 2005 the High Cultural Council passed a resolution entitled ‘Strategies and solutions to develop the culture of chastity’. Based on this resolution security forces were charged with a series of enforcements known as ‘Guidance Patrol’. Police cars with emblems of Guidance Patrol roam through important streets, squares, promenades, cinemas, shopping centres, arcades and similar spots where women whose hijabs are not deemed appropriate in accordance with their views are arrested. Likewise the Islamic Republic Penal Code ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."According to the Hidden Gulag IV report, since late 2008, Jongo-ri (Camp 12) in North Hamkyung Province was expanded to include a ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On April 10, the authorities at the Manila airport — her stopover in the Philippines between Kuwait, from where she’d escaped a forced marriage, and Australia, where she’d planned on applying for asylum — confiscated Ms. Lasloom’s passport and boarding pass to Sydney and held her at an airport hotel until her uncles arrived" (para 2).
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Al-Otaibi had tried to report her abusive brother to the police last year, but her family countered with a complaint of disobedience, an offense for women under Saudi law, for which she was briefly jailed and then returned to her family" (para 8). "'Most young Saudi women who are imprisoned [in Riyadh],' explained Hala al-Dosari, a women’s-rights campaigner, 'are sentenced for morality-related charges such as being caught in the company of an unrelated male, being accused of running away from home by a male relative or being disobedient to parents.' The latter, she said, is treated as 'a crime calling for immediate detention in Saudi Arabia'" (para 15). "'Most ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Moroccan police, prosecutors, judges, and other authorities often fail to prevent domestic abuse, punish the abusers, or assist survivors, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Moroccan government. In part, that is because Moroccan laws don’t provide officials with guidance on responding effectively"(1)."Most of the domestic violence survivors Human Rights Watch interviewed said they had sought help from police, prosecutors, or courts. But many said police officers refused to record their statements, failed to investigate, and refused to arrest domestic abuse suspects even after prosecutors ordered them to. In some cases, police did nothing more than tell victims to return to their abusers. In several cases, when ...more
Oct. 27, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"For more than 16 years, El Salvador has criminalized abortion in all circumstances—even when necessary to save a woman’s life—imposing harsh criminal penalties on both women and physicians. The ban has resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of countless women who have suffered pregnancy-related complications and miscarriages, who are then charged for having an abortion and wrongfully convicted of homicide" (para 3). "In November 2011, without ever realizing she was pregnant, Maria Teresa went into early labor, experiencing heavy bleeding and ultimately miscarried in a public restroom. Her family called emergency services and at the hospital the police were called on the suspicion that she induced an abortion. Despite inconsistencies and ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Most of these crimes [possibly referring to corruption in the health system and criminal negligence in hospitals as discussed in the previous two paragraphs] are punishable under Russian law. Yet, Russia is not able or is reluctant to enforce some aspects of its laws when it comes to gender-based violations, in some of its North Caucasus republics where women’s problems continue to be under-researched, under-reported, and insufficiently addressed by both central and local authorities"(para 7)."Russian law is rather progressive in respect of the women’s rights, even though the Committee to End Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recommends that Russia adopt more comprehensive legislation to prevent and address violence against women, and ...more
Oct. 6, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"many Ghanaians believe husbands have justifiable reasons for beating their wives" (para 11).
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"ISIS fighters and female ISIS 'morality police' hit, bit, or poked women with metal prongs to keep them in line, making them afraid to try to get services they needed" (para 6).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In India, each religious community has their own set of laws based on their religious texts which govern family matters. The idea is that Hindus are governed according to practices outlined in Hindu texts, Christians, the Bible and Muslims, the Quran" (para 28). "Since India's independence, various politicians have proposed an overarching law known as the Uniform Civil Code, which would make separate religious laws obsolete -- creating one system for every citizen. India's current government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, favors such a law. Opponents fear that a ban against triple talaq will start an erosion of their religious rights and lead to the passing of a Uniform ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"With the exception of a very popular Netflix show, the plight of women in prison continues to be overlooked and misunderstood, despite women making up the fastest growing population in US prisons today. Our mothers, sisters, aunts, neighbors, and friends make up the more than one million women currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system in the United States. Life for women behind bars is far from easy, especially when women face serious gender-specific issues that men simply do not"(para 1-2)."Instead of focusing on services to help women deal with the issues of livelihood and survival that landed them behind bars in the first place, we are incarcerating ...more
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The lead investigator on the case [a gang rape of a 16 year old girl] was removed over the weekend amid criticisms of bias against the victim. The case is now being handled by the police unit for crimes against minors and the state's department of social services" (para 15)
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The organization’s [Amnesty International] research reveals that since January 2016 more than a dozen women’s rights activists in Tehran have been summoned for long, intensive interrogations by the Revolutionary Guards, and threatened with imprisonment on national security-related charges. Many had been involved in a campaign launched in October 2015, which advocated for increased representation of women in Iran’s February 2016 parliamentary election. 'It is utterly shameful that the Iranian authorities are treating peaceful activists who seek women’s equal participation in decision-making bodies as enemies of the state. Speaking up for women’s equality is not a crime. We are calling for an immediate end to this heightened harassment and intimidation, which ...more
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

“The 16-year-old was kidnapped from her home near Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and put inside a vehicle that was set alight, police said. … Police say the victim's mother and the leader of the local council, or jirga, are among several people arrested. The killing has been linked to orders given last week by the jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, in Makol village, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. According to police, the 15-member jirga had ordered the girl, named as Amber, to be killed and set alight as punishment for helping her friend to marry of her own free will” (para 1-5).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“A girl in Lima expressed that police often did not consider situations that made girls uncomfortable to be a real priority for them, saying ‘I called the police once because there was a man who was causing a commotion, he was drunk … but the police said no, is he breaking windows, is he destroying homes? If he is not doing that you cannot call them because they won’t do anything.’ When asked if she trusted the police, one girl in Lima said ‘sometimes yes, sometimes not because it sometimes turns out that some policemen are corrupt’” (26).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“In Kampala, girls commented that in areas with security guards and police, they could not always trust them because they sometimes cause harm to girls, and they sometimes report to duty intoxicated” (26). “The girls’ maps in … Kampala included greater police presence than on the boys’ maps. When asked about this, the adolescent boys in Kampala pointed to a different form of gender discrimination and explained that they felt that the police often unnecessarily targeted them, so for them, the police represented a source of insecurity and they chose to remove police posts from their ideal city maps” (32).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“In Hanoi, girls reported that they ‘seldom’ (36%) or ‘rarely’ (23%) had access to emergency services – notably the police” (21).