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April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Regarding Recommendation 22 (d) CEDAW/C/BIH/CO/4-5 training on Law on Protection against Domestic Violence, the GEL, LPD and the Istanbul Convention was systematized in centres for judicial and prosecutorial education of FBiH and RS. Special modules have been defined within the training programme of police academies of FBiH and RS and other police education institutions in BiH to tackle this topic. Establishing associations of female police officers in the FBiH and RS has significantly contributed to strengthening of the status of female police inspectors, and increasing sensitivity of police to the issue of violence against women" (21). "The quality of health services provided to female prisoners in prisons and penitentiaries is...more
April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The law establishes sentences of one to three years in prison for public officials who deny a person’s civil rights based on gender" (p. 23 - 24). It shows denying civil rights based on gender is common (JSM - Coder comment).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and provides for the right of any person to challenge the lawfulness of his/her arrest or detention in court, and the government generally observed these requirements" (8). "It prohibits, however, detention in Holot [a remote semiopen facility run by the IPS] based on certain factors including age, health, gender, or other protected status" (9). "The NGO Human Rights Defenders Fund reported police detained nine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) participants in a July 20 protest (see section 6) and strip-searched seven of them at the police station" (12).
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about: (a) The high and rising incarceration rates of indigenous and Afro-Canadian women in federal and provincial prisons; (b) The classification of many women in the federal prison system at a maximum-security level, thus restricting their access to work and community programmes and to aboriginal healing lodges; (c) The high rates of HIV among female inmates; (d) The many cases of administrative or disciplinary segregation, sometimes for long periods, including of detainees with mental illness, and reported cases of solitary confinement; (e) The continuing presence of male guards in female prisons, which increases the risk of sexual harassment or assault and violates the right to privacy...more
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Commonly reported methods of torture and abuse in prisons included threats of execution or rape, forced virginity and sodomy tests, sleep deprivation, electroshock, burnings, the use of pressure positions, and severe and repeated beatings. UNSR Jahangir highlighted reports of prisoners being subjected to blackmail, beating, and other physical abuse" (7). "Medical services for female prisoners in places like Evin Prison were reported as grossly inadequate" (7). "Prisoners practicing a religion other than Shia Islam reported experiencing discrimination while incarcerated" (8) Men and women participants in Shia Islam are discriminated against (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "According to the CHRI, authorities sentenced Faezeh Hashemi to a six-month prison term in March for 'spreading falsehoods,'...more
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"An EU-sponsored program offered sewing and dressmaking training to 40 female prisoners. Early in the year the INR opened a new facility in the province of Soriano and an isolation ward for seven prisoners with tuberculosis in the prison of Canelones. The Council of Secondary School Education agreed with INR to provide classes on sexual education and domestic violence to 600 prisoners of Comcar, Punta de Rieles, and Centro Metropolitano de Rehabilitacion Femenino prisons" (p. 3). It shows frequent problems of everyday life for women in the jail (JSM - Coder comment).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In April UNODC released a statement stating the agency trained 283 penitentiary officials in workshops on international standards for treatment of prisoners held in eight cities in 2016 and 2017. Training included special instruction on the “specific needs” of female inmates and inmates who were considered particularly vulnerable" (p. 6).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female inmates experienced sexual harassment and assault on a regular basis, mostly by other incarcerated persons, and some were forced to pay antirape extortion fees. While observers noted that violence against women reportedly was rampant, they reported a culture of silence that suppressed reporting of genderbased violence for fear of reprisal" (p. 5). "In March five female police officers in the city of Potosi filed a formal complaint of “psychological abuse and extreme work pressure” by the local representative of the Special Force to Fight Against Violence (FELCV). The women made the complaint under the condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisal. The local human rights ombudsman began an investigation...more
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prison overcrowding remained a serious problem. While the penal code establishes the separation of women and men, juveniles and adults, and pretrial detainees and convicts into separate quarters, there was anecdotal evidence that not all prison facilities followed these rules. Penal Reform International reported conditions were generally better in women’s colonies than in those for men, but they remained substandard. Thirteen women’s facilities also contained facilities for underage children of inmates who had no options for housing them with friends or relatives" (7). "In July, President Putin pardoned Annik Kesyan and Marina Dzhandzhgava, two women convicted of treason for sending text messages about the movement of Russian military equipment on...more
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities held women separately from men but often held pretrial detainees and convicted prisoners together...Although inadequate, detention facilities for women and children were generally better than men’s facilities" (para 13). "Police regularly investigated cases of rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence but did not normally intervene in domestic disputes" (para 83). "Same-sex sexual activity may also be prosecuted as 'conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.' A 2011 amendment to the penal code established penalties for consensual same-sex sexual activity between women, setting a maximum prison term for conviction of five years" (para 112).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"At least one police officer was convicted of rape of a person seeking police protection" (2). "In February a police officer was tried and found guilty of statutory rape in Bong County after a child sought protection at the local police station; the officer digitally violated her four times during the course of the night. The incident provoked significant community agitation, and the officer was promptly arrested, tried by a jury, convicted, and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment" (2). "In September the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) fired 10 officers (including the prison superintendent), demoted one, and banned a Ministry of Health worker from all BCR facilities after a...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In the period under review, the following measures were introduced to further enhance the humane side of the prison system: (a) Termination of the practice of closed visits and increase of the number of visits and visitors. The glass separating visitors and inmates was removed, and inmates can now have physical contact with their children and family as recommended by the CPCR. All visiting areas are now equipped with a small playground and toys for the children of inmates; (b) An infant has the right to stay with his/her inmate mother for as long as he/she is breast feeding, or for any period certified by a medical practitioner for medical...more
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Local NGOs and medical professionals reported that authorities denied medical care to prisoners with pre-existing health needs, such as diabetes, asthma, and breast cancer, and denied pregnant women any medical care" (para 40). "Da’esh also beat persons because of their dress; several sources reported Da’esh members beat women for not covering their faces" (para 99). "Reports by the SNHR, HRW, and other NGOs included interviews with female former prisoners, who reported that rape by guards and security forces was common in detention facilities" (para 185). "Security forces consistently treated violence against women as a social rather than a criminal matter. Observers reported that, when some abused women tried to file...more
March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"At the end of October, there were 18,311 inmates in prisons and detention centers, including 1,293 women and 363 juveniles; the official capacity of these facilities was 13,768. The prison population decreased to 133 percent of capacity, compared with 143 percent in 2014" (4). "The new provision stipulates that men must have at least 32 square feet and women and juveniles at least 37.6 square feet of moving space (not including furniture and equipment). Pretrial detainees must have 43 square feet of moving space" (5).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights bodies and government officials reported overcrowding in holding cells. Overcrowding was less of a problem in prisons. Five of the country’s 13 prisons were overcrowded, while the remaining eight had excess capacity. As of August prisons built to confine a maximum of 5,147 persons held 3,993 inmates. These included 100 women and eight juveniles... Prison and holding cell conditions for women were generally better than for men. Female prisoners were permitted to keep their babies with them until age two and received food and clothing for them from prison staff" (2).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"While there was less overcrowding in the women’s sections of detention facilities, according to a 2016 CNDH study, conditions in women’s sections often did not meet the 2010 United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Noncustodial Measures for Women Offenders. The study noted that health facilities were generally located in the men’s sections, restricting access for female prisoners, and that vocational training opportunities were limited for women. The study also noted that female prisoners faced discrimination from staff, including medical staff, on the basis of their gender" (page 5).
March 15, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"According to Human Rights Watch, women were often held in women’s wings of men’s prisons, and women’s prisons sometimes employed male guards. Female inmates complained of verbal and sexual harassment by male guards as well as lack of access to medical care, particularly prenatal and postnatal care" (p.3).
March 15, 2019, 7 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The situation for female inmates varied around the country. The MNP reported 60 percent of women were located in two facilities in Montevideo, including one for mothers with children. Children accompanying their mothers lived in facilities with problems such as poor planning and design, security concerns due to a lack of prisoner classification, health and environmental concerns for young children, a lack of specialized services and facilities, and undefined and unclear policies for special-needs inmates. The remaining 40 percent of women prisoners were held in separate facilities within male prisons throughout the country. According to the INDDHH, women were located in the worst parts of the units. This led to...more
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the fact that the State party has begun to implement the recommendations of the report on equal conditions for women and men under the responsibility of the correctional services of 2015 and of the report of the of the Parliamentary Ombudsman on women in prison of 2017, including through the development of a strategy and the establishment of separate wings for women in prisons where they did not exist, with a view to achieving equal prison conditions for women and men. The Committee is, however, concerned that: (a) A number of prisons for women are located in old and unsuitable buildings; (b) Owing to the low number...more
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and it reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners" (4). "According to the Hidden Gulag IV report, since late 2008 Jongori (formerly referred to as Camp 12) in North Hamkyung Province was expanded to include a women’s annex, which held approximately 1,000 women, most of whom the state imprisoned after forcibly returning them from China. Satellite imagery and defector testimony corroborated the existence of this women’s annex. Defector testimony also cited food rations below subsistence levels, forced labor, and high rates of death...more
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Practice has shown that women are not disadvantaged in the realization of their procedural rights when applying to the courts in defence of violated civil, family, labour or other rights. Neither the Supreme Court nor the provincial courts have received any complaint from either a man or a woman about denial of access to justice for reasons of gender discrimination. According to data of the Committee on legal statistics and the special records of the Office of the Procurator-General, during the first nine months of 2017, the courts received 128,727 claims and reports from women, representing 19.2 per cent of the total (in 2016 — 154,952, or 19.4%, in 2015...more
March 7, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities held male pretrial detainees with convicted prisoners on occasion" (2).
March 7, 2019, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women are giving birth in prison cells without access to proper medical care, according to a startling report shared with the Guardian. Concerns for the welfare of pregnant women and their babies are raised by a detailed report into experiences in three prisons that highlights cases of women giving births in cells without a midwife present, including one where the baby was premature and born feet-first" (para 1-2). "Births in cells are thought to be rare, although nobody knows exactly how many occur or even how many prisoners are pregnant because neither the Ministry of Justice nor the NHS collects the data. But the lack of direct access, even on...more
March 7, 2019, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Justice reported that as of the end of 2015 (most recent data available) three of 77 prison facilities were beyond capacity; all three were prisons for women" (p. 2).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Male guards sometimes patrolled women’s prisons, and authorities incarcerated children with adult prisoners" (page 1). "Male guards frequently monitored female inmates in the women’s prison of Nouakchott, a practice criticized by the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH). Conditions of detention for women were generally better than those for men. According to prison officials, the women’s prison in Nouakchott was less crowded . . . The Ministry of Justice sometimes gave temporary custody of the children of prisoners to another family member to remove them from confinement" (page 3-4). "The law provides for due process, and defendants enjoy a presumption of innocence. While authorities informed defendants of the charges/accusations against...more
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Local prisons and detention centers did not always have separate facilities for female prisoners" (4). "The country’s largest prison, Pul-e Charkhi, held 11,527 prisoners, detainees, and children of incarcerated mothers as of June, which was more than double the number it was designed to hold" (4). "Forced virginity testing remained legal, and police, prosecutors, and judges continued to order virginity tests in cases of “moral crimes” such as zina" (26).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In April, two women... claimed police brutality while being detained in San Pedro Town. According to reports, police detained two women on the street using excessive force...In November, two women, a Belizean and a Salvadoran, accused three police officers of raping them in a Belize City police station after they were removed from a transit bus to be searched for drugs. The police officers remained on active duty as the investigation proceeded" (2). "Conditions in the women’s area were significantly better than in the men’s compound" (3).
March 6, 2019, 6:01 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s prisons were generally less violent, dangerous, and crowded than men’s prisons. Pregnant prisoners were exempted from work and rigorous physical exercise and were transferred to the penitentiary clinic prior to their delivery date. Children born to women in prison may remain in a special area of the prison with the mother until the age of four and receive daycare" (p. 4)
March 1, 2019, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Zakirullah, a 9-year-old boy, is one of hundreds of Afghan children in prison because their mothers are. Even his dreams seem bound to the cellblock. 'I dreamed last night that someone had kidnapped me, and you came and rescued me, and you fought with them and defeated them,' he told one of the guards recently, tugging on the man’s belt to get him to pay attention. The boy’s white shirt had turned a pale brown from lack of laundering, and it hung loose over his ragged pants. 'That’s good, I guess,' replied the guard, a tall man with a silvery beard who is known for his avuncular manner with the...more
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"With the exception of new facilities, prisons and detention centers were overcrowded, lacked adequate sanitation, and provided poor health care and other basic services. Poor training of officials remained a problem throughout the prison system (…) Overcrowding existed in men’s as well as in women’s prisons" (7).