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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 17, 2019, 4 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the poor conditions in detention centres, including centres for women, and, in particular, about the high levels of overcrowding, which reportedly exceed 200 per cent" (7). "The Committee also recommends that conditions in prisons should comply with (...) the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (Bangkok Rules, adopted by General Assembly resolution 65/229 of 21 December 2010)" (7). "The State party should strengthen existing training programmes and ensure that all public servants, particularly police, army and prison officers, migration officials and members of the judiciary and the Public Prosecution Service, attend regular, suitable and compulsory training...more
Feb. 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Under the “Governing with the People” programme, the “Governing with the Police” Council (3 March 2010) made possible the adoption of commitments to strengthen the National Civil Police, including commitments 29 and 30 by the National Coordination Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Violence against Women (CONAPREVI) on organizing workshops to raise awareness of women’s human rights aimed at National Civil Police personnel and a campaign within the National Civil Police on sexual violence against women. As a result of these commitments, CONAPREVI has coordinated, designed and implemented an awareness initiative aimed at 200 female police officers. Training courses for law enforcement and justice personnel include human rights...more
Feb. 17, 2019, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recommends that the State party: (b) Continue to improve the infrastructure of prisons and other places of detention, including juvenile treatment centres, and ensure that conditions of detention in the State party are in accordance with the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules)" (8).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In general conditions for female and juvenile prisoners were slightly better than for male prisoners" (5).
Feb. 12, 2019, 8:23 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Commission concluded from statements by women involved in the events that some police elements had apparently been guilty of conduct amounting to attacks on sexual freedom, particularly during the women’s detention and transfer to the Santiaguito Remand and Social Rehabilitation Centre. Since such behaviour could involve offences such as sexual abuse and rape, the Commission in its recommendation brought it to the attention of the Mexico City Attorney General so that he could decide on the follow-up to be taken in each particular case" (24-25). "The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, through its specialized units, duly carried out a special investigation into the sexual assaults referred...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of August 20, the Bamako Central Prison held 1,903 prisoners in a facility designed to hold 400. Detention conditions were better in women’s prisons than in those for men. Authorities held pretrial detainees with convicted prisoners. Authorities detained the 58 persons arrested on charges related to terrorism in the high-security division of Bamako Central Prison. Authorities may hold arrested individuals for up to 72 hours in police stations, where there were no separate holding areas for men, women, or children" (page 4).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of December 8, there were 6,502 prisoners and detainees, including pretrial detainees and remanded prisoners, in facilities built to hold 3,500 inmates. Roumieh Prison, with a designed capacity of 1,500, held approximately 3,210 persons. Authorities often held pretrial detainees together with convicted prisoners. Men and women were held separately in similar conditions, and ISF statistics indicated that 132 minors and 283 women were incarcerated" (Pg 5).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Conditions for women prisoners were somewhat better than those for men, and women inmates were less likely to suffer from overcrowding. Women also had more freedom to move within the women’s section of facilities" (Pg 3).
Feb. 6, 2019, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On September 10, the NMPT filed a criminal complaint against military personnel in Yby Yau, Concepcion Department, for the illegal detention of a 17-year-old girl on September 6. Military forces detained the teenager on suspicion that she was a member of the ACA guerrilla group. The NMPT complaint argued that a judge, not a prosecutor, should have issued the minor’s arrest warrant and that police officers, not military personnel, should have carried out her arrest" (page 7).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Scottish Government announced the decision to build a new national prison for women and up to five small community based custodial units across Scotland" (8).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (e) National programme for women who face criminal sanctions, adopted by Executive Decree No. 38139-JP, providing for the protection of women in the penitentiary system" (2).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women were imprisoned in then same facilities as men but were held separately in penitentiaries in Encarnacion, Misiones, Concepcion, Coronel Oviedo, San Pedro, Villarrica, and Pedro Juan Caballero. The Justice Ministry’s Directorate for the Care of Convicted Juveniles assigned minors convicted of juvenile crimes to one of seven youth correctional facilities in the country, one of which was dedicated for women. Some juvenile offenders served their sentences in separate sections of adult prisons, such as the women’s Ciudad del Este penitentiaries" (page 4). "During the year the Justice Ministry inaugurated vocational training programs in several penitentiaries. The ministry signed a public-private partnership agreement with the Tokyo-based Fujikura Company to set...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The film features interviews with commercial sex workers – including girls as young as 12 – and examines their treatment by Sierra Leone police officers who are accused of exploiting them for sex and money" (para 5). "On countless occasions she has been picked up by police and asked for sex in return for her release" (para 14). "Police exploitation is commonplace according to testimonies made in the documentary entitled 'Kolonko', a Krio word for sex worker" (para 15). "One woman says: 'The worst thing is when you earn your money working all night and the police arrest you and you have to pay bail. What you will eat in...more
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee reiterates its concern about the absence of a definition of direct and indirect discrimination against women, in accordance with article 1 of the Convention, in the State party’s legislation" (pg. 3). "The Committee notes with concern that sex and gender are not included among the prohibited grounds for discrimination under article 29 of the Constitution" (pg. 3)
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recognizes the resources allocated to the unit investigating violent deaths of women as a measure to improve access to justice for women. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about existing barriers, especially in cases of gender-based violence. It is concerned that the lack of independence and impartiality of the justice system is reinforced by insufficient resources, poor infrastructure and lack of specialized units and personnel, including police officers, prosecutors and judges trained on gender issues, resulting in a dysfunctional and corrupt judiciary and an overall culture of impunity" (3). "It is concerned about the reluctance of women to file complaints owing to discriminatory attitudes among law enforcement personnel" (3)....more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Israeli security forces continue to use disproportionate force in response to acts of violence and protest demonstrations and in law enforcement operations in the context of counter-terrorism measures, with a disproportionate impact on women and girls" (pg. 5). "While noting the complexity of the situation, in particular regarding the local administration, the Committee expresses concern that Palestinian women and girls continue to be subjected to excessive use of force and abuse by the State party’s security forces and Israeli settlers, including physical, psychological and verbal abuse and sexual harassment and violations of their right to life" (pg. 9).
Jan. 8, 2019, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Miscarriages of justice have become shockingly commonplace, in a pious, macho culture which endorses the aggressive persecution of women deemed guilty of rejecting their principal roles as mothers" (para 4). “El Salvador’s ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach has cost scores of lives, landed women in prison for up to 40 years …condemned their children to poverty and trauma and created an environment of absolute fear amongst doctors and patients,” said Astrid Valencia, Central America researcher at Amnesty International" (para 7).
Jan. 8, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was nine months pregnant when she felt a piercing pain in her abdomen. She called emergency services, but started bleeding and lost consciousness before help arrived. As she came round, police officers surrounded her and accused her of murdering her baby by inducing an abortion. Vásquez, who was 24 at the time, was handcuffed and detained. She was hastily sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated murder (para 1-2). "Despite the gravity of the allegations, Vásquez was in court within weeks of her arrest. There, she was denied a fair trial in favour of “express justice”, according to Katia Recinos, a lawyer with the Citizens’...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Of the country’s 27 prisons, one was designated solely for women, and eight prisons contained separate wings for women. As of October 615 women were incarcerated, 67 percent of whom were awaiting trial" (page 4).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Of the country’s 27 prisons, one was designated solely for women, and eight prisons contained separate wings for women. According to the UNCAT addendum, as of December 2016, minor convicts comprised a small number of prisoners and were strictly separated from adults; the majority of minors were detained in separate correctional facilities" (page 5).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Children were sometimes imprisoned (occasionally with their mothers) despite laws and court decisions prohibiting the imprisonment of minors… Authorities routinely held female prisoners separately from men. Although the law prohibits women in 'safe custody' (usually victims of rape, trafficking, and domestic violence) from being housed with criminals, officials did not always provide separate facilities. Authorities must issue permission for these women to leave this 'safe custody'" (5). "There were at least three incidents in which the children of those convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal were arrested for alleged offenses committed by relatives" (11).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Conditions were markedly better for female prisoners, who generally had significantly more space and better sanitary conditions than male prisoners… At the CCP and the central prison on Sao Vicente, inmates were separated by categories of trial status, sex, and age, but in regional prisons a lack of facilities prevented authorities from separating inmates" (3).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The CNDH continued to report conditions for female prisoners were inferior to those for men, particularly for women who lived with their children in prison, due to a lack of appropriate living facilities and specialized medical care. There were reports women who lived with their children in prison did not receive extra food or assistance. Reports of physical and sexual abuse of female detainees continued" (p. 4).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The CNDH continued to report conditions for female prisoners were inferior to those for men, particularly for women who lived with their children in prison, due to a lack of appropriate living facilities and specialized medical care. There were reports women who lived with their children in prison did not receive extra food or assistance. Reports of physical and sexual abuse of female detainees continued" (p. 4).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'Here, the woman is always the accused; for some reason the sympathy always lies with the aggressor,' said Yelena Solovyova, the defense lawyer for Ms. Katorova in Nakhodka, near Vladivostok in the country’s far east. 'This was such an ideological victory for me, because for the first time the court heard that you cannot blame the victim, you cannot transfer all the blame to the woman.'" (para 4)."For instance, at her trial, Ms. Gurcheva said that she had called the police on numerous occasions but that they never responded. Ms. Katorova said that she had filed police reports twice, but that local officers persuaded her to withdraw the complaints rather...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"According to police, there were no separate prisons designated for women and children" (2).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Moreover, even legal and other rights that are available on paper are often not enforced due to corruption in the legal system, the police force and other governmental authorities. These failures are compounded by a judiciary that is unreliable, susceptible to military influence and corruption, and often unwilling to enforce the rule of law. Outside of the formal legal system, the application of customary laws which are prevalent in rural and ethnic areas can also impede women’s access to justice. These factors present serious obstacles to women’s ability to know or enforce their rights" (page 2). "In Burma, generally accepted cultural norms and patriarchy put women seeking to obtain justice...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the situation of women in detention, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence, including rape, by State officials, and about the absence of adequate, independent and confidential complaint mechanisms. The Committee is particularly concerned about reports that repatriated women are detained on the criminal charge of 'illegal border crossing' and, in addition to suffering sexual violence, are at risk of death in detention, subjected to forced abortions and deprived of their right to a fair trial" (12).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"According to Penal Reform International (PRI), although men and women were held separately and pretrial detainees were held separately from convicted prisoners, during transitions between temporary detention centers, pretrial detention, and prisons, youth often were held with same-sex adults. Conditions did not vary by inmate gender but by the age of the detention facility. Abuse occurred in police cells, pretrial detention facilities, and prisons. Observers cited the primary cause of mistreatment as the lack of professional training programs for administrators" (page 3).
Nov. 1, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Meanwhile men are seldom punished as attackers [of rape], with police, guards and soliders allowed to act with impunity" (para 4). "On the days they felt like it, market guards or police officials could ask me to follow them to an empty room outside the market, or some other place they'd pick,' where they forced sexual encounters, she said" (para 7). "They found that police and other officials prey on women [sexually] with near-total impunity, in a deeply hierarchical and patriarchal society where traditional values of deference to authority still hold sway" (para 11). "'Every night some woman would be forced to leave with a guard and be raped,' said...more