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Latest items for EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

April 5, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-DATA-3

"On November 16, women of the Atenco case testified before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and called for the court to conduct an investigation into the case. The 2006 San Salvador Atenco confrontation between local vendors and state and federal police agents in Mexico State resulted in two individuals being killed and more than 47 women taken into custody, with many allegedly sexually tortured by police officials" (p. 13).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"As of November 20, UNMIL, which plans to close its mission in March 2018, had received six SEA allegations against its military personnel in 2017. One incident allegedly took place in 2017, four prior, and one at an unknown date. Five investigations were pending: One was an allegation of abuse by a military individual from the Philippines and four were allegations of exploitation by military members from Ghana, Pakistan, and Nigeria (two cases). One allegation against a military member from Nepal of attempted sexual assault was substantiated. The United Nations repatriated the individual, and the troop contributing country demoted the individual" (3).
March 15, 2019, 7 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"As of October 18, the UN had received one allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse committed during the year by the country’s military personnel serving in UN peacekeeping operations... As of October the investigation was pending. In the interim the UN suspended its payments to Uruguay" (p. 1 - 2).
March 7, 2019, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Hazing, bullying, corporal punishment, and sexual harassment continued in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) despite defense ministry guidelines meant to address these problems" (p. 2).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Of the 469 National Directorate for Security (NDS), ANP, and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) detainees interviewed, 39 percent reported torture or other abuse. Types of abuse included severe beatings, electric shocks, prolonged suspension by the arms, suffocation, wrenching of testicles, burns by cigarette lighters, sleep deprivation, sexual assault, and threats of execution" (3). "The Ministries of Interior and Defense also issued directives meant to prevent the recruitment and sexual abuse of children by the ANDSF. Media reported in some cases ANDSF units used children as personal servants, support staff, or for sexual purposes. (14) Implies female children as well (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: GP-DATA-3, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"For example, in February 2016, the Committee provided a training course on the number of issues relating to human rights, including women’s rights, for the Qatari Armed Forces General Command. In April 2016, it provided a workshop on national legislation, including legislation concerning women, and the perspective of the National Human Rights Committee on such legislation, aimed at law enforcement personnel in the police, the public prosecutor’s office and the courts" (20).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Sexual violence in the Israel Defense Forces has increased, notwithstanding the adoption of a strategic plan to eliminate sexual harassment, which includes the establishment of a victim support section" (pg. 5). "Increased reports of sexual harassment cases and insufficient sanctions within the Israel Defense Forces, which the State party attributes to increased reporting, and the lack of information on the impact on women’s career progress in the Israel Defense Forces following the integration of ultra-Orthodox men into the military" (pg. 13).
Sept. 6, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"By late January, a Google Drive link with photos of nude and barely dressed Marine servicewomen was posted to the Marines United Facebook page without the knowledge of the women involved. Postings also divulged their names, ranks and military duties. Marines United, a male-only site for current and former Marines, U.S. Navy corpsmen and British Royal Marines, has a following of some 30,000 members whose bases span the globe. Members describe it as a site that helps vets find jobs and assists those feeling suicidal. It also carries degrading commentary about women. The news of nonconsensual nude photos with woman-hating commentary erupted into national media in March. By then, 2,500...more
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"[Liz Luras’s] date to the Marine Corps ball raped her, and her ‘battle buddy,’ a partner assigned by the military, reported the assault to superiors. The rape set off a series of events – including physical hazing, sexual harassment and two more rapes – that led ultimately to Liz being forced out of the military career she loved. Despite being honorably discharged, she was unfairly labeled as having a ‘Personality Disorder’ or PD in her discharge papers – although she was never diagnosed by a doctor and showed no signs of PD in her pre-army screening. Because of this black mark on her record, when she applied for law enforcement...more
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Based on more than 270 interviews, documents from US government agencies in response to public record requests, and data analysis, a new Human Rights Watch report illuminates the impact of ‘bad discharges’ on military personnel who left or were forced out of the military after reporting a sexual assault. In response to public pressure the military has taken some steps in recent years to improve how it handles sexual assault cases. But almost nothing has been done to reverse the harm to veterans who reported sexual assault in the past" (p 9)
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"As part of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), [Liz Luras] marched on Capitol Hill, and spoke in front of Congress about rape in the military in 2012 and in 2013" (p 29). Liz Luras was raped while she worked in the military and was harrassed, raped twice more and silenced because she reported it (RNP-CODER COMMENT)
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"10. After Liz [Luras]’s battle buddy reported her rape, Liz was taken to a hospital….[then she returned and] the harassment began...13. At night, a drill sergeant would come into her room while she was sleeping and stand over her bed to intimidate her. He made comments about her breasts. 14. Liz told her father about the harassment. He called their congressman, who contacted Liz’s supervisor. The supervisor called Liz into his office and ordered her to tell the congressman nothing was wrong. Half a dozen drill sergeants and the command sergeant major stood in a semi-circle around her as she told the congressman over the phone that everything was fine....more
May 23, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Since September [2015], the armed forces have court-martialed or filed sexual-assault charges against four colonels from the Air Force, Army and Marines. In addition, a Navy captain was found guilty of abusive sexual contact during an administrative hearing. Historically, it has been extremely rare for senior military officers to face courts-martial. Leaders suspected of wrongdoing are usually dealt with behind the scenes, with offenders receiving private reprimands or removal from command with a minimum of public explanation" (p 2-3)
May 23, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"The unofficial taboo against putting senior leaders on trial in sex-abuse cases was shattered three years ago [as of 2016] when the Army prosecuted Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair on charges of forcible sodomy, adultery and other offenses. It was only the third time in 60 years that the Army had court-martialed a general for any type of offense. Prosecutors ended up dropping most of the charges and cutting a plea deal that spared Sinclair jail time. But the spectacle of a general sitting in the dock as witnesses testified about his volatile affair with a junior officer captivated the military. Since then, the Defense Department has tried to reassure lawmakers,...more
May 23, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Under the military justice system, senior officers are responsible for deciding whether individuals under their command should be prosecuted. Some lawmakers and advocacy groups are pushing to strip commanders of that power and to give it instead to uniformed prosecutors. The Pentagon has resisted such proposals, saying they would undermine command authority. When senior officers themselves are charged with sexual assault, it ‘makes it appear as if the fox was guarding the henhouse,’ said Christensen, the president of Protect Our Defenders, which has lobbied Congress to change the law" (p 39-41)
May 23, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"In an interview, the woman [who filed a lawsuit against Col. T. Shane Tomko, the former commander of its Wounded Warrior Regiment in Quantico, Va. for sexual harrassment] said she dismissed the lawsuit because her discrimination complaint was subsequently upheld. (The Post has a policy of not identifying victims of sexual abuse.) She also said that Tomko had been disciplined — but not charged criminally — by the Marines last year for sexually assaulting her in London, as well as for a separate incident involving another female civilian working for the Wounded Warrior Regiment. The Marines, she added, were slow to pursue her complaint against Tomko and dragged the case...more
May 23, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"During the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 [2015], 116 officers of all stripes were court-martialed, discharged or received some sort of punishment after they were criminally investigated for sexual assault. That was more than double the number from three years earlier, according to Defense Department figures...‘We’ve made it abundantly clear that this is not tolerable,’ said Nathan Galbreath, senior executive adviser for the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. ‘The numbers suggest that people are reporting when they see the officers appointed above [committing a crime], and they really do expect that their bosses walk the walk and talk the talk’" (p 6, 15)more
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"The dearth of other recreational opportunities may be a factor [for widespread and prevalent sex trafficking and prostitution]. But at issue are also the broader American military culture, and the sexism and patriarchy found in the United States, Korea and much of the world. The behavior of men who take advantage of exploitative sex industries is often excused as a matter of ‘boys will be boys’—as merely natural behavior for male soldiers. In fact, there’s little about the behavior that’s natural. Men on military bases and women in camptowns find themselves in a highly unnatural situation, one that’s been created by a series of decisions made over time (mostly by...more
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"The standing orders of the FARC, which had large numbers of female combatants, prohibited pregnancies among its troops, and there were numerous credible reports of compulsory abortions" (21). "The Ministry of Defense continued implementing its protocol for managing cases of sexual violence and harassment involving members of the military" (39).
April 29, 2016, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Reports indicate male and female recruits at Sawa are beaten, and female recruits sexually abused and raped" (152). Sawa is a military educational camp (ORR-CODER COMMENT)
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Also in his 2006 report, the State Comptroller addressed the issue of Handling of sexual harassment complaints by the IDF. The State Comptroller opined that in a large number of cases, the handling of sexual harassment complaints by the Investigative Military Police, IDF Advocate General’s office and Military Courts was taking longer than the 45 days set by the Military Police as the proper amount of time to handle these cases. The State Comptroller indicated additional flaws including cases that were heard by officers who were unauthorized to reside in sexual harassment cases, some flaws regarding judicial procedure etc." (17).
March 17, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"The level of military discipline, the organization and structure of the force and the reporting system, facilitates the disclosure of such incidents" (4)
March 17, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Are women involved as fighters or authority figures (e.g. Negotiators) with subnational groups such as guerrilla groups or rebel groups? Describe their involvement and roles. Yes” (7)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

""The rape and/or assault within the military is not encouraged, but would be discouraged by society. However, it does still occur, and victims of any type of violence in Ukraine are often discouraged from reporting it. As a result, victims internalize it across the country, and they become passive about it and accept it. Corruption within law enforcement, military and the government may try to cover up these incidents. The media may use this as propaganda, or try to cover it up; whatever seems to benefit the most. There are no practices that encourage victims to report, but many non-profits and NGO's try to raise awareness among victims of sexual...more
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"17) The departments of national defence, the police and the paramilitary corps were lobbied, resulting in a statement that gender-based violence would be incorporated in training and staff development programmes;" (7)
Jan. 4, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-LAW-1, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-LAW-5

"In the meantime, any cases of rape being perpetrated by armed combatants during a declared armed conflict are potentially war crimes" (para 4).
Dec. 29, 2015, 5:34 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"...with the result that not only armed forces but officials in any capacity feel at liberty to exploit women’s rights and freedoms, often in the form of sexual transgressions" (para 13).
Dec. 7, 2015, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the negative impact of the indefinite period of national service on women’s rights and at the insufficient measures taken by the State party to remedy the situation. It is particularly concerned about:...(b) Reports that women performing national service are frequently victims of sexual violence, including rape, committed by officers and male recruits and that women who refuse sexual advances are often severely punished" (2). "The Committee...remains particularly concerned... (c) That alleged perpetrators of sexual violence against women in the context of national service are rarely prosecuted" (6)
Aug. 19, 2015, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

“Within the area of defence, measures have been approved that favour the status of women in the Spanish Armed Forces (hereinafter FAS). The LOIE establishes specific precepts for the FAS that require the application of the principle of equality with regard to access, training, promotion, stationing and administrative status, as well as that these precepts be applied to military personnel with regard to equality, prevention of gender violence, and reconciliation of personal, family and working life (see annex III.4). The Ministry of Defence also has at its disposal the Military Observatory for equality, a body tasked with ensuring that real and effective equality between women and men in the armed...more
Aug. 12, 2015, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"Iraqi women were exposed to many levels of intimidation between 2003 and 2010, the most significant of which are: The presence of women within the sphere of armed operations resulting in violence against them, either by being targeted directly or by the targeting of family members, causing women to be constantly afraid" (6)