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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
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"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
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
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"Officials segregated women into three large rooms with no ventilation or electric lighting. All detainees, including pregnant women, slept on thin straw mats on concrete floors" (Pg 5). "Officials segregated women into three large rooms with no ventilation or electric lighting. All detainees, including pregnant women, slept on thin straw mats on concrete floors. MINUSCA documented 492 human rights violations or abuses, or violations of international humanitarian law, between February and June, including against 103 women and 172 children. These incidents included arbitrary killings, violations of physical integrity, conflict-related sexual violence, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and abductions" (Pg 9). "The ex-Seleka and forces associated with anti-Balaka groups reportedly mistreated, beat,...more
July 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
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"The fact that corporal punishment continues to be legal under section 89 of the Penal Code, section 64 the Women’s Charter" (5).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
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"Press reporting from November 2016 indicated police and gendarmes in Buea, Southwest region, removed students, some of whom had recently been involved in protests at the local university, from their hostels, forced them to roll over in mud, and beat them with batons. According to reports, students were crammed onto military trucks and taken to undisclosed locations, where some were held for months. Some female students were allegedly raped. Rape and sexual abuse were reported in several instances. The International Crisis Group reported that security forces were responsible for sexual abuse during their response to unrest in the Anglophone regions in September and October. International humanitarian organizations reported that members...more
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
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"NGOs reported that authorities occasionally held men, women, and children together in police station cells, particularly in small or remote police stations, pending indictment" (page 4).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
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"There were reports that police raped and sexually abused women while in detention. In December 2016 a police officer and male detainees in a Port Moresby police station raped a woman who was in detention"(p. 2).
July 13, 2019, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
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"Some of these women have also documented being subjected to various forms of violence during demonstrations, and in prison – including disclosures of sexual violence intended to intimidate them and push them away from the public sphere, and from the protests" (1).
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
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"In contrast with 2014, human rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) reported incidents of police who raped women and girls in their custody or demanded sex as a condition of release. For example on February 12, police in Kabwe in Central Province arrested an inspector accused of the rape of a woman detained at the Kasanda Police Station. The inspector was acquitted on April 26, when the woman did not appear before court" (Pg 2). "There were no prison facilities for breastfeeding and pregnant women. Incarcerated women who had no alternative for childcare could choose to have their infants and children under age four with them in prison. Although a law on...more
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
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"Although separate facilities existed for female prisoners in the central prisons, services and facilities for women in local prisons, including separate cells, were lacking in some areas. The UPS had no budget for accommodating pregnant women or mothers with infants but claimed all pregnant mothers received antenatal care services and special diets. In prisons where antenatal services were unavailable, pregnant inmates were referred to the nearest government hospital. As of August, 235 babies stayed in prison with their mothers. Some women’s prisons also had day-care facilities. Due to lack of space in juvenile facilities, the prisons service held minors in prisons with adults. The UHRC observed that 91 juveniles were...more
July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
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"The Committee notes with concern that 45 per cent of women in prison are held in pretrial detention, indicating the inefficiency of the criminal justice system. It is also concerned about the conditions of detained women, including overpopulation in prisons, the lack of systematic separation from male detainees and from convicted inmates and inadequate access to adequate food and health care. The Committee is also concerned at the number of women detained with infants and young children, as well as the lack of any social care and protection measures for the children of detained women who are separated from their mothers" (14-15).
July 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
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"Female detainees generally had better conditions than men. Pretrial detainees were not always separated from convicted prisoners. Juvenile boys were often housed with men or permitted to roam freely with men during the day. Girls were held together with women. Infants and newborns were often kept in prison with their mothers until age one, with no special cells, additional medical provisions, or extra food rations" (page 3).
July 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Togo
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"Overcrowding was a problem. There were 4,422 prisoners (including 124 women) in 12 prisons and jails designed to hold 2,720. Men often guarded women. There were 38 juveniles held in the Brigade for Minors facility. Authorities placed the infants of female pretrial detainees and prisoners in the care of government-supported private nurseries. Officials held pretrial detainees with convicted prisoners. Medical facilities were inadequate or nonexistent, prisoners did not have access to potable water, and disease was widespread" (Pg 2).
July 3, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
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"The constitution prohibits the use of torture. Although the government amended the criminal code in 2012 to add a separate article that defines torture in accordance with international law, there were reports of beatings, torture, sexual assault, and other forms of coercion to extract confessions during interrogations. Officials did not grant sufficient access to information to allow human rights organizations to investigate claims of torture" (Pg 2).
July 3, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Albania
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"Conditions in prison and detention centers for women were generally better than those for men" (page 2).