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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

March 13, 2021, 7:02 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women released from detention told Human Rights Watch they were beaten and sexually harassed and threatened with rape" (para 13).
March 13, 2021, 6:19 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The detention continued of street vendors, sex workers, street children, and other poor people at Gikondo transit center, an unofficial detention center where individuals exhibiting 'deviant behaviours' are sent as part of a rehabilitation process" (para 15).
March 13, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In April, about 65 women were arrested in Abuja by a task force comprising officers from the city's environment and social development agency and local police during raids on night clubs. Women’s rights groups took to the streets to protest the raids and the allegations by some arrested women that policemen sexually abused, exploited and extorted them in custody. Twenty-nine women pleaded guilty to prostitution charges and were ordered to pay a fine of three thousand naira (about US$8.50) each" (para 15).
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Despite the various measures taken by the State party, the Committee expresses concern about the number of women in prison, which has increased since the consideration of the State party’s third and fourth periodic reports in 1999, and the large proportion of women who have been imprisoned for committing minor such offences as theft and the non-payment of television licences" (6). "The Committee is...concerned about the situation of women in prison...in Northern Ireland. It notes the absence of a comprehensive policy for the management of women in prison, including with respect to family visits and childcare arrangements. ...the Committee notes with concern the holding of young female offenders in adult...more
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Currently in Ukraine approximately seven thousand women stay in places of imprisonment. According to the data of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada in some detention facilities the adequate conditions for the imprisoned women have not been created: the facilities of the reception centre are not properly equipped and require reconstruction, the majority are unsuitable for use. The bathrooms in reception centre are neglected. Medical assistance in the detention facilities of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine does not comply with the appropriate medical standards" (23).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Juhnke v. Turkey (22 July 2003): The applicant was arrested on suspicion of membership of an illegal armed organisation, the PKK (Workers’ Party of Kurdistan) and later convicted as charged and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment. She complained in particular that, during her detention, she had been subjected to ill-treatment and a gynaecological examination against her will. The European Court of Human Rights, finding that there was no evidence to substantiate the applicant’s allegation that she had been subjected to ill-treatment, declared that part of her complaint inadmissible as being manifestly ill-founded. The Court further found the applicant’s allegation that she had been forced to have a gynaecological examination to...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“B.S. v. Spain (no. 47159/08) (24 July 2012): This case concerned a woman of Nigerian origin who was stopped by the police while working as a prostitute on the outskirts of Palma de Mallorca. The applicant complained in particular that the national police officers had verbally and physically abused her when stopping her for questioning. She further alleged that she had been discriminated against because of her profession as a prostitute, her skin colour and her gender. The Court found that the Spanish State had not conducted an adequate and effective investigation into the applicant’s allegations of ill-treatment on two occasions when she was stopped and questioned in the street,...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:02 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Maslova and Nalbandov v. Russia (24 January 2008): The applicant, who had been called in for questioning at her local police station, was coerced by police officers into confessing to involvement in a murder. One police officer put thumb cuffs on her, beat her, raped her and then forced her to perform oral sex. Subsequently he and another officer repeatedly hit her in the stomach, put a gas mask over her face, blocking the air to suffocate her, and ran electricity through wires attached to her earrings. When allowed to go to the lavatory, she tried to cut the veins of her wrists. Three prosecution officers, after interrogating her at...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“The dress code was once fanatically enforced by the now-neutered religious police, and uncovered women still face random harassment in a conservative nation where attire is often associated with chastity” (para 16).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Iran has introduced 2,000 new morality police units in reaction to what officials call an ‘increasing defiance’ of the compulsory wearing of hijabs. The units, called ‘resistance groups for verbal and practical response to bad-hijabi women’, were launched recently in the northern province of Gilan as part of a pilot scheme. They are each made up of six women who have the power to arrest and detain those they deem to be flouting the country’s strict veiling laws” (para 1-3). “While Iran has had various forms of ‘morality police’ since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the decision to increase their numbers as well as introduce all-female brigades, is a sign that...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Brave women are increasingly risking the wrath of Iran's morality police by ditching the hijab - while hardliners demand they should be lashed for ‘disrupting social peace’” (para 1). “With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution” (para 6). “Reformist lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri said coercion does not work. 'What we see is that the morality police have been a failure,' said Salahshouri, who wears a headscarf out of religious belief” (para 26). “Amnesty International said on Monday that Iranian authorities have used incommunicado detentions, prolonged solitary confinement and threats against...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“For example, in a survey of 540 female sex workers in Bangladesh, 49 per cent had been raped and 59 per cent had been beaten by police in the previous year” (pp. 27).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A 22-year-old woman in Rawalpindi district in Pakistan’s Punjab province reported to police that four men had abducted her at gunpoint and raped her. Most disturbingly, she alleged that three of the four assailants were police officers" (para 1). "This is one of several recent incidents in which Pakistani police – the very people who should be tackling rape and protecting the public – have been accused of committing sexual violence. In April 2019, an assistant sub-inspector of police was charged with raping a woman in Bahawalpur district, Punjab. The woman had earlier gone to the police station to report that she had been gang raped, but says that the...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 1:25 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Fifteen Uighurs and Kazakhs told the AP they knew people interned or jailed for having too many children. Many received years, even decades in prison” (para. 69). “Another former detainee, Tursunay Ziyawudun, said she was injected until she stopped having her period, and kicked repeatedly in the lower stomach during interrogations. She now can´t have children and often doubles over in pain, bleeding from her womb, she said. Ziyawudun and the 40 other women in her 'class' were forced to attend family planning lectures most Wednesdays, where films were screened about impoverished women struggling to feed many children. Married women were rewarded for good behavior with conjugal visits from their...more
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“The Committee regrets the systematic and widespread acts of violence specifically targeting Rohingya women and girls during the military security “clearance operations”, which followed the 25 August 2017 attacks on border posts in northern Rakhine State and led to the mass displacements of over 745,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. It notes that the sexual violence against women and girls included rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, mutilation and sexual assault and in some cases the victims were subsequently killed. The Committee is deeply concerned that similar patterns of abuses have been reported for at least three decades, with no evidence of measures taken to effectively prevent and address...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Today, across Afghanistan, there are 205 gender response units, run primarily by women of the Afghanistan National Police, in some of the most troubled parts of the country" (para 11).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'Judges themselves are not convinced that female circumcision is a crime that should be punished,' said Mr Danbouki, who runs the Women's Centre for Guidance and Legal Awareness. 'Judges are lenient when it comes to cases entailing violence against women'" (para 13).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In the 2018-19 budget, the Government proposed several punitive measures, including reducing the timeframe that a person's Disability Support Pension can be suspended while they are in prison from two years to 13 weeks; diverting income support payments to State and Territory governments for unpaid fines; and suspending payments for people with outstanding warrants. These changes will have a severe impact on criminalised women" (12). "Female incarceration has increased rapidly over the past decade, with most women in prison being mothers, and many the heads of single parent households. Children of incarcerated mothers are at increased risk of entering child protection or justice systems. An estimated 80% of Aboriginal and...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“The Commission for Justice and Legal Reform ensures that changes to be made in the Criminal Code and other laws will not create special acts that can involve only women, whether as actors or as victims, especially in cases in which female sexuality is portrayed as something that is shameful and causes dishonor” (pp. 9).
Jan. 30, 2021, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Ethiopian woman, who is currently nine months pregnant, was three months pregnant at the time of the rape itself. Since her arrest she has been kept in police cells and been refused requests for her transfer to medical facilities" (para 4). "It is of note that the woman, in the aftermath of the rape, was found by a police officer. The police officer in question brought the woman to a police station however due to it being the public holiday of Eid Al Fitr failed to file a formal complaint. The Attorney General, following the woman’s arrest, has since blocked the woman from filing a complaint of rape as...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In 2019, on average, 10 women were killed per day in Mexico, and the figure remained unchanged going into 2020. Moreover, Mexico’s near-total impunity for crime (hovering around a 90 percent rate of impunity) is even worse when it comes to femicides—more like 99 percent, according to the National Citizen’s Observatory on Femicide" (para 2). "Despite relatively high levels of reporting of family violence to police, women have come to expect little to no response from authorities. 'When a woman is experiencing such violence, she has very little recourse,' Negrete said. 'If she calls the police, they might not come, and even if they do, they have no training in...more
Jan. 20, 2021, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“‘They (the Taliban) deprived us and have warned they would impose fines on the girls if they participated in the exam, each girl has to pay a 40,000 afghani fine if they appeared in the exam,’ said a resident of Badakhshan” (Para 6).
Jan. 7, 2021, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“In their statement, during a recent media brief in Ibadan, Oyo State, they explained that “violence against women and girls remain a silent killer that has taken the lives of many. The health outcomes go beyond the direct result of physical, psychological or mental health issue.’ According to them, “violence against women and girls in Nigeria is against the law and survivors do not usually receive full legal support, as they prefer to stay in abusive relationships than leave to face the ridicule of living outside relationships and or wedlock. Women and girls subjected to violence are unwilling to lodge formal complaint due to a lack of trust in the...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“More than 99% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, according to a 2013 United Nations report. In 2014, an anti-sexual harassment law was passed as an amendment to the Penal Code following a surge in reported sexual assault incidents in the country, many of which were committed by security forces” (para. 17).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Austrian lawmakers have approved plans to ban girls in primary schools from wearing headscarves, a move that would add to existing restrictions on veils. ...The parties who proposed it openly admitted that the measure is 'specifically targeted at Muslim girls'. A police officer asks a Muslim woman to unveil her face in Zell am See, Austria after an earlier ban in 2017" (para 1, 4-5).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“The Commission interviewed 129 women across Afghanistan and found 92% of tests were performed without consent or a court order. Most of the victims were prisoners, while nine were under police surveillance. Just nine said they had agreed to the examination and one said she had received a court order, said the Commission, which wants the tests to be banned completely” (para. 4-5).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A case was filed and investigations began after her husband made repeated visits to the police. The military government of that time found Dr. Khalid’s protests against sexual assault by a military employee extremely irritating and started making conscious efforts to remove the thorn in their side. First, the authorities destroyed the evidence and later, they started questioning the character of the victim by narrating shady stories of “used condoms” being found at her compound. Her case was also dismissed on the grounds that the victim failed to produce four witnesses of the incident....Dr. Khalid was kept under a house arrest in Karachi for several weeks. Eventually, she was flown...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Seventy-four percent of respondents in the 2019 study had cared for incarcerated pregnant or postpartum women. Of those women, 61% of the time, the reason given for shackling was not because the prisoners posed a risk to others, or a flight risk, but simply because 'there was a rule or protocol' supporting shackling" (para 8). "The one constant: the acute psychological trauma that shackling inflicts. 'Women subjected to restraint during childbirth report severe mental distress, depression, anguish, and trauma,' states a 2017 report from the American Psychological Association" (para 14-15). "Harriette Davis, 64, once an inmate at the California Institute for Women in Corona,...remembers well the trauma of being handcuffed...more