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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

May 15, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: France
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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

"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

"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
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"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
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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" (5).
Jan. 13, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
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"Conditions in the country’s three prisons and 12 police station jails were harsh and life threatening due to abuse, overcrowding, disease, inadequate food, poorly trained staff, and lack of medical care… In 2016 there were approximately 475 adult male inmates and 25 adult female inmates in police station jails... Men, women, and minors had separate sleeping quarters and bathrooms but shared a common area for meals" (3).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
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"Authorities generally maintained separate areas within facilities for minors, women, and men in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire; however, there were times when 16- and 17-year-old male prisoners were held in the same area as women in Pointe Noire. In Brazzaville, while these areas were separate, they were sometimes easily accessible with no locked entryways" (4). "Prison conditions for women were generally better than those for men. There was less crowding in the women’s cells than in those for men" (4). "Authorities took pregnant women to hospitals to give birth, and authorities sometimes allowed them to breastfeed their infants in prison" (4).
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Serious threats to life and health were widespread and included violence (particularly rape) . . . Authorities generally confined men and women in separate areas but often held juveniles with adults" (page 6). "In December, UNJHRO reported that at least 528 women were victims of arbitrary arrest during the year" (page 10). "In December, UNJHRO reported that at least 170 women were victims of extrajudicial killings, at least 420 women were victims of SGBV, and at least 528 women were victims of arbitrary arrest during the year. UNJHRO stated that perpetrators were primarily police for arbitrary arrest and the FARDC with regard to extrajudicial killings and SGBV. UNJHRO stated that...more
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
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"As of November there were 10 juvenile male inmates in the Moroni prison held with adults. That prison also held two adult female prisoners in a separate cellblock" (page 2).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
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"There were no trials of any of the 340 Boko Haram detainees, neither the male prisoners kept in the remote Koro-Toro prison, nor in the Amsinene prison in N’Djamena, where authorities held approximately 16 women and children. The children were kept in custody not because of their involvement in any criminal offense, but because no other childcare was available" (page 2). "Authorities did not separate juveniles from adult male prisoners and sometimes held children with their inmate mothers. Authorities did not always separate male and female prisoners, and held pretrial detainees with convicted prisoners. . . . On November 18, President Deby, as a follow-up to the 2016 Government Commission...more
July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
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"The Committee welcomes the free legal services provided to women by the Office of the Public Defender, including on family matters, heritage, property, mediation and arbitration. The Committee notes with concern, however, the lack of State financial resources, which limits the scope of the services of the Public Defender" (3).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
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"The use of psychological torture by the government also reportedly increased. One commonly reported practice was detention of victims overnight in cells with corpses of previous victims. The SNHR reported that psychological torture methods included forcing prisoners to witness the rape of other prisoners, threatening the rape of family members (in particular female family members), forcing prisoners to undress, and insulting prisoners’ beliefs. Various NGOs, including HRW, AI, and the SNHR, continued to report widespread instances of rape and sexual abuse, including of minors. The COI reported receiving reports of interrogators raping and sexually abusing male detainees held in Branch 285 of the General Directorate of Intelligence in Damascus. The...more
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
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"The Committee notes the State party’s declaration of free judicial assistance for all women in select court proceedings, including in family law matters. It also notes the capacity-building programmes for judges, lawyers and law enforcement professionals on the Convention, but regrets the lack of information on any cases in which the Convention has been invoked before the national courts. The Committee remains concerned about women’s limited access to justice, primarily owing to: (a) Judicial and legal aid services being concentrated in the capital; (b) Women’s low awareness of their rights and how to claim them, given the high poverty and illiteracy rates of women in the State party; (c) The...more
July 19, 2019, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"Officials employed the tactic of countersuing individuals who alleged abuse. On August 10, in Izmir two women, 19-year-old Derya Kılıc and 22-year-old Seray Gurer, asked two police officers for help, claiming they were groped by two unidentified men on motorbikes. Security footage showed one of police officer starting to beat Kilic. According to Kilic’s formal complaint, the officer who hit her claimed the women were “dressed inappropriately.” A prosecutor in Izmir sought a prison sentence up to three and one-half years for the officer. The officer in the meantime filed criminal complaints against the women, alleging they had attacked him. The outcome of case and count remained unclear as of...more
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
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"The HDP reported several alleged suicides among accused Gulenists imprisoned since the coup attempt as well as the suicides of four female inmates in the southeast by self-immolation, allegedly in response to torture" (page 6). "The government reported it housed children in separate prison facilities, where available; otherwise, children were held in separate sections within separate male and female adult prisons" (page 7).
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
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"Authorities generally held female prisoners at separate facilities. In prisons that housed both male and female prisoners, female prisoners were held in separate cellblocks. According to NGO observers, the conditions in prisons for women tended to be significantly better than those in prisons for men. Women’s cellblocks within prisons that held prisoners of both genders, however, did not always grant female prisoners access to the same amenities, such as exercise facilities, as their male counterparts" (Pg 5).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
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"That sex-based and gender-based discrimination is rarely addressed by the courts, redress in cases of discrimination is not adequate for women and girls, especially in the case of Roma and other disadvantaged groups of women, and women and girls do not trust the effectiveness of judicial remedies and fear potential stigmatization and revictimization" (3).
July 18, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"The issue of the rights of the women in Bangladesh, in large measure, falls in the domain of family laws. The key areas are divorce, maintenance, inheritance, adoption of children, etc. The criminal law concerns the cases of felony or serious crimes (murder, attempt to murder and as well cases of sexual abuse and violence). While the criminal law is identical in application and enforced uniformly to all the citizens of Bangladesh, the family law is not. It is based on religious traditions, and thus, separate codes of family laws are applied according to the religious denominations of the concerned groups; Islamic personal laws for the Muslims, Hindu personal laws...more