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Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"One pregnant woman reported she was denied medical treatment while in detention and, after nine days of bleeding while detained, suffered a miscarriage" (2). "Women have been historically disadvantaged, particularly in the application of Islamic law in matters such as divorce, education, inheritance, and providing legal testimony, including on rape" (17). "Under Islamic practice, husbands may divorce their wives more easily than wives may divorce their husbands. Islamic law also governs estate inheritance, which grants male heirs twice the share of female heirs. According to the PGO, property is divided equally among siblings unless the men in the family demand a larger share" (19).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Piatra Neamt chief of police resigned in March after surveillance camera footage showed him slapping and kicking a 14-year-old girl at police headquarters. The Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crimes and Terrorism initiated an investigation" (3).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The COI also reported 'the violations in the areas of extrajudicial executions, torture (including sexual torture), national service, and forced labor may constitute crimes against humanity'" (para 2). "The COI found that during its reporting period officials used mistreatment such as extreme forms of restraint, rape, or beatings to cause severe physical and psychological pain during interrogations and to punish detainees and conscripts and that this mistreatment constituted torture" (para 12). "The CEDAW report also noted reports that guards subjected female detainees to violence, including sexual violence" (para 16). "When police arrested mothers, their young children sometimes were held with them" (para 18)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On March 25, a young woman reported to human rights organizations that a high-ranking police officer raped her while she was detained in a preventive holding cell. The NNP stated it investigated the case and found that no such incident occurred. The mother of the victim claimed that both she and her daughter were under police surveillance after the victim was released. The victim did not file charges against the officer" (3). "Conditions for female inmates were generally better than those for men but were nevertheless overcrowded and unhygienic" (4).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'The police know who we are, they know where we meet the customer, they wait there all the time and when they see us they threaten us. If we don't pay them money then they arrest us,' she says. Ma Ei Pyi says that sometimes the police don't just demand money. She says she was among a group of sex workers forced to accompany a police officer to a local guest house and have sex with him in order to avoid being arrested" (para 28-29).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 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
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:04 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A video has recently surfaced in Pakistan, where a contingent of police officers can be seen baton charging a group of unarmed women mill workers protesting in Muzaffargarh, Punjab. The scuffle occurred inside the district court of Muzaffargarh in broad daylight, yet the judicial officer never took any action against the erring police officers, nor was any police officer suspended for transcending his authority" (para 1). "In particular, religious minorities, women and children suffer the wrath of the police the most. It is tragic that those to be protected by the police become its victims. This is largely because policing in a security state is not about protecting the weak,...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prison authorities did not uniformly enforce BJMP and BuCor regulations that require holding male and female inmates in separate facilities and, in national prisons, overseeing them with guards of the same sex" (5). "There continued to be reports of rape and sexual abuse of women in police or protective custody. Women from marginalized groups, such as suspected prostitutes, drug users, and indigent individuals arrested for minor crimes, were more likely to be raped" (25).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 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
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Lack of gender sensitivity in the justice system, including negative attitudes of law enforcement officials towards women denouncing violations of their rights, leading to frequent failures to register and investigate complaints" (3). " It also notes with concern that women working in the entertainment sector are presumed to be guilty of prostitution under the Act, arrested and subjected to humiliating treatment following violent police raids and targeted in entrapment operations by police officers. The Committee is further concerned at reports of official complicity in the exploitation of women in prostitution, including largescale extortion by corrupt police officers" (8). "The Committee expresses concern that the State party has one of the...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Also on February 25, two police officers assigned to the Maraval police station stopped a woman suspected of possessing marijuana at a roadblock, took her into custody, and drove her to a remote area, where one of the officers sexually assaulted her. The other police officers allegedly offered the victim money to keep quiet. On March 9, authorities charged the perpetrators with nine criminal offenses, including indecent assault and grievous sexual assault" (2). "Although conditions at the women’s prison were better than those in the Port of Spain and remand prisons, the women’s facility occasionally became overcrowded, since it held both women on remand and those serving prison sentences. The...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"According to data presented in a September report by Justice for Peace in Donbas, a coalition of human rights NGOs, captors abused 86 percent of military men and 50 percent of civilians captured by the separatists, while captors subjected 50 percent of women, including pregnant and elderly, detained by pro-Russian rebels to physical abuse or torture" (18).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In Northern Ireland women did not have a separate facility from juveniles" (2).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women and men generally were held in separate prison facilities. The OVP stated women’s detention centers were generally less violent than those for men. There was only one penitentiary exclusively for women, and female prisoners in other detention centers were held in annexes or separate women’s departments in otherwise male-only prisons" (5).
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported that female prisoners generally fared better than did male prisoners. Authorities held women in separate prison wings and provided for women guards. Women generally received more food from their families than did male prisoners. The several dozen children under age three living with their incarcerated mothers, however, were required to share their mothers’ food allocation. NGOs suggested that women guards were more diligent about protecting women prisoners from abuse or that female prisoners did not report abuse. Prisons, with support from NGOs, provided sanitary supplies for women. Officials did not provide pregnant and nursing mothers with additional care or food rations, but the ZPCS solicited donations from NGOs...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"While conditions for female prisoners generally were comparable to those for men, there were exceptions. The National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT) found female foreigners awaiting deportation in administrative detention in the Sennhof prison in Graubunden who were incarcerated up to 21 hours a day, while the Dielsdorf prison in Zurich was deemed inappropriate for female minors due to a lack of physical exercise opportunities and social programs" (3). "In a 2014 report, Terre des Femmes noted female asylum seekers housed in overcrowded co-ed facilities risked becoming victims of sexual harassment and violence, due to the nonseparation of men and women" (6). "There was one report of authorities...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In the 2014 alleged police assault during questioning of Aphiwe Zweni, who subsequently died of her injuries, IPID charged four of the six police officers implicated in her death with murder. The accused appeared once in court for a bail hearing and were awaiting trial at year’s end" (2). "Qualitative studies by monitoring organizations found victims in many communities did not report police abuse due to a “normalization” or public acceptance of police torture and brutality" (4). "In 2014-15, IPID received 124 complaints of rape by police officers. Of the 124 cases, 42 were against on-duty SAPS members, and the remaining 82 were against off-duty SAPS members. IPID received 34...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Separate facilities existed for men and women, pretrial detainees, convicted prisoners, and juveniles and adults...Conditions for female prisoners were the same as those for men...Authorities imprisoned women convicted for pregnancy out of wedlock; once born, their children stayed with their mothers. Rights groups reported satisfactory conditions for women and their children in the Central Prison but criticized overcrowding in the DDC. In March, Amnesty International registered concern about availability of mental health services for female detainees as well as services for pregnant women" (3). "Women may attend court proceedings and represent themselves, but a male relative generally represented them. In cases involving financial transactions, the testimony of two women equals...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prisons for women also were overcrowded and marked by conditions similar to those for men. The Santa Monica women’s prison in Chorrillos was designed for 450 inmates but held 795" (3).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In some cases women were raped in police detention" (2). "Authorities usually held male and female inmates separately, but some rural prisons lacked separate facilities, and there were reports of assaults on female prisoners in the past" (2-3). "Widespread sexual violence was also committed by police and the unresponsiveness of authorities to complaints of sexual or intimate-partner violence deterred reporting of such crimes" (15). "Village courts tended to impose jail terms on women found guilty of adultery while penalizing men lightly or not at all" (16).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The OAG report indicated that the 27 detention centers the OAG monitored lacked separate facilities for women, while the 12 prisons the OAG monitored had separate rooms for women" (6). "In some districts the government constructed separate detention center buildings for women and children, whereas previously women and children detainees merely had separate rooms" (7).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On December 30, according to international press sources, UN international peacekeeping troops, including from Morocco, were listed as participants in sexually abusing young girls as they were queued to vote in elections in the Central African Republic. The Royal Armed Forces of Morocco opened a criminal investigation on the soldiers involved" (4). "There was less overcrowding in the women’s sections of gender-segregated facilities" (5).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Men and women were held in separate facilities under similar conditions...There was a single prison for women" (3).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In May a nongovernmental organization (NGO) reported that in 2014, 50 sex workers reported police abuse, including 'rape, stealing their belongings and beatings'" (2). "Authorities prosecuted officers accused of involvement in serious crimes such as robbery, murder, or rape" (5).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included...child abuse and child marriage…" (3). "Authorities did not always hold juveniles separately from adults, and some preschool-age children shared cells with their incarcerated mothers. In July a newspaper reported 34 women in Antanimora Prison, Antananarivo, were incarcerated with their babies because they had no childcare options outside the prison" (4).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Although the government did not make public all the findings of its investigations or all punishments it imposed, it convicted a police officer in June for beating a female noncitizen" (2). "Cells held four to six persons, and inmates reportedly lived in moderately overcrowded conditions, although most overcrowding was at the women’s prison. There were separate facilities for men and women..." (3). "Media reported sexual assaults by police officers throughout the year, usually against nonnational women" (5).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female prisoners generally were provided better conditions than male inmates" (3).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of October 16, there were fewer prisoners than the official capacity of the system as a whole, although some individual facilities, especially those for women, exceeded capacity" (2).