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Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Estimates by various human rights groups suggest that up to 60,000 women -- mostly Muslim Bosniaks -- might have been raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers" (para 3).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"After years of 'reform,' significant economic, political and social problems for women remain: . . . ongoing ethnic conflict, including continued human rights abuses and sexual violence by military forces" (page 1). ". . . six decades of ethnic conflict have had a devastating impact on women and girls, especially those from ethnic groups. As part of protracted conflict, the military has engaged in a widespread, systematic and institutionalized pattern of human rights violations and sexual violence against ethnic women and girls. Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is used as a tactic of war to demoralize ethnic communities, as punishment for supporting ethnic armed organizations, and as part of abuses against...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Survivors of wartime sexual violence complained that EULEX prosecutors did not prosecute any cases. The Ministry of Justice led a working group, including EULEX and the Special Prosecutor’s Office, to prioritize cases. The Kosovo Judicial Council endorsed a decision to assign 10 judges to focus on cases of sexual violence. The law and budget earmarked financial support for some survivors of wartime sexual violence; however, a commission did not begin to select beneficiaries" (para 15). "Numerous officials participated in events dedicated to raising awareness and providing support for individuals who suffered sexual assault related to the conflict in the late 1990s, including through the President’s National Council on Survivors of...more
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"There were widespread reports of torture of Rohingya villagers, including children, in northern Rakhine State, including beatings, rape, and killings in front of family members" (4). "There were widespread reports of rapes of Rohingya women, children, and at least one man in northern Rakhine State by military forces and Border Guard Police. Most documented rapes were gang rapes, and many were mass rapes" (5). "The military rejected all allegations rape was an institutionalized practice in the military but admitted in 2014 its soldiers had committed 40 known rapes of civilian women since 2011" (38).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"They also engaged in kidnapping, rape, enslavement, forced marriage, sexual violence, committing such acts against civilians from a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, including Shia, Sunni, Kurds, Christians, and members of other religious and ethnic groups, as well as religious pilgrims. Reports of Da’esh perpetrating gender-based violence, recruiting child soldiers, and destroying civilian infrastructure and cultural heritage sites were credible and common" (para 6). "According to officials from the Turkmen Women’s Association, Da’esh militants kidnapped 500 Turkmen women and children from Tall Afar and Mosul since June 2014. The association claimed that Da’esh militants brutalized the captives and tied at least 25 of the women to electricity poles...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"And then there’s the issue of the Rohingya women and girls who have been raped in Bangladesh. According to a Bangladeshi organization, in two cases where they have supported Rohingya girls who have been raped in Bangladesh, judges refused to tell police to open investigations simply because a Rohingya person was involved" (para 10).
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Almost thirty of the Rohingya women and girls I interviewed were brutally gang-raped by the Myanmar military" (para 1). "Rape was one of the ways that the Myanmar military conducted their ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya. Many of the women I spoke with suffered at the hands of six or seven perpetrators" (para 2). "And then there’s the issue of the Rohingya women and girls who have been raped in Bangladesh. According to a Bangladeshi organization, in two cases where they have supported Rohingya girls who have been raped in Bangladesh, judges refused to tell police to open investigations simply because a Rohingya person was involved" (para 10).more
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram (para 1). "Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance" (para 4). "A situational assessment of IDPs in the northeast in July 2016 by NOI Polls, a Nigerian research organization, reported that 66 percent of 400 displaced people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states said that camp officials sexually abuse the displaced women and girls" (para 5). "A 17-year-old girl said that just over a year after...more
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"The Committee notes . . . the occupation of northern and central Mali by radical Islamic groups, inter-ethnic violence and several consequent military interventions since 2012 . . . It also notes the severe continuing impact of the hostilities on civilians, in particular women in the north and internally displaced women, who face increased levels of discrimination and violence, including sexual violence" (page 2). "The Committee is concerned about sexual atrocities, including forced and early marriage, sexual slavery, rape and torture, committed against women by the extremist groups that have occupied the northern parts of Mali since April 2012. It is alarmed about reports of sexual and gender-based violence being...more
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"The Committee is particularly concerned: . . . (c) That women and girls are subjected to acts of gender-based violence in the context of armed conflict and communal violence" (page 14).
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"(e) Intensified gender-based violence against women, including by members of the armed forces, such as killings and sexual violence and abuse in conflict-affected areas and in areas of large-scale development projects; (f) The lack of disaggregated data on gender-based violence against women in the context of displacement, armed conflict, disaster, migration and trafficking situations, as well as on gender-based violence against women with disabilities" (page 6-7).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, GEW-DATA-1

"The Committee notes with concern the absence of specific mechanisms within the justice system aimed at providing reparations and compensation to women who suffered sexual violence and other violations of their human rights during the de facto regime in the State party from 1973 to 1985. It also notes the absence of processes aimed at establishing the truth about violations of women’s human rights during that period" (page 8).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"While commending the State party for its efforts to combat violent extremism and the terrorist insurgency by Boko Haram and in rescuing more than 100 abducted girls, the Committee remains concerned that: A significant number of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Damasak in Borno State in April and November 2014, respectively, have not been rescued and continue to be subjected to rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage and impregnation by insurgents" (5).
Jan. 22, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Lawyers allege that the 10 women were sexually exploited in some form by the [UN peacekeeping] soldiers, and should therefore receive support. At the centre of the case are 11 'peacekeeper babies', between five and 11 years old, all of whom are living with mothers struggling economically" (para 4).
Jan. 10, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"In Malakal in Upper Nile State, the UN Population Fund indicated that one in five women in the Protection of Civilian camp reported being sexually violated since the outbreak of the conflict. However conflict-related sexual violence mostly goes unreported" (para 7).
Jan. 10, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Sexual violence has reached epic proportions in the conflict in South Sudan and requires the urgent attention of the world, said the UN independent Commission* on Human Rights in South Sudan after a ten-day visit during which they met women survivors around the country. 'The scale of gang rape of civilian women as well as the horrendous nature of the rapes by armed men belonging to all groups is utterly repugnant and what’s worse is that there is no sense of outrage about this horror,' said the chairperson of the Commission, Yasmin Sooka" (para 1-2). "An elderly woman who had left the camp to search for food thought her age...more
Dec. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"The Algerian revolution that followed, and the violence against women it entailed (arrest, torture, rape and murder) undoubtedly contributed to wider recognition of women’s involvement in the anti-colonial struggle. It demonstrated that a woman such as Nassiba Kebal, a young activist who was arrested and mistreated by colonial authorities, could suffer as much as any other activist" (para 15).
Sept. 18, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014, when a woman set off a bomb at an army barracks in Nigeria, according to The Long War Journal, which tracks terrorist activity" (para 5). "Boko Haram’s abuse of women first shocked the world two years ago, when it stormed a school in Nigeria and fled with about 300 girls, many of whom were never found. Hundreds of other women and girls have been abducted, imprisoned, raped and sometimes intentionally impregnated, perhaps with the goal of creating a new generation of fighters" (para 9).
Sept. 18, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014, when a woman set off a bomb at an army barracks in Nigeria, according to The Long War Journal, which tracks terrorist activity" (para 5). "According to Ms. Amos, Boko Haram’s use of women as weapons is a carefully thought-out strategy, one some of the women accept. Ms. Amos said that of the 30 or so female captives enrolled in training with her, seven girls were enthusiastic about carrying out suicide missions" (para 28). "Ms. Amos was lucky. Boko Haram fighters decided not to 'marry' her, a...more
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"Now, after eight years of being deployed in the Central African Republic, the Ugandans are leaving behind their own trail of abuse allegations — including rape, sexual slavery and the exploitation of young girls. Dozens of accusations of sexual abuse have been documented by the United Nations, human rights groups and survivors themselves. It is a ‘widespread problem,’ said Emmanuel Daba, a local victims’ advocate investigating sexual violence by the Ugandan military. According to internal United Nations records, peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have documented allegations of the rape, sexual abuse or sexual harassment of more than 30 women and girls by Ugandan soldiers. Beyond that, they found 44...more
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"The UN reported that, on September 20-22, FARDC soldiers raped 14 women and illegally detained other community members in South Kivu during an operation to track the leader of an RMG" (11). "The RMGs had used at least 1,090 children as combatants. Of the 395 girls, 183 were victims of sexual violence" (12). "As of June armed groups abducted 108 children (65 boys, 43 girls), 55 percent of whom were below the age of 15...The armed groups used at least 11 abductees as combatants and subjected 22 girls to sexual slavery" (12). "The SSF, RMGs, and civilians perpetrated widespread sexual violence (see section 1.g.). The UN registered 427 victims of...more
Jan. 30, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"According to government spokesperson Hassan Sylla Bakari, the five suicide bombers--including two women, two children, and a man--also were killed in the attacks" (2).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Liberia’s high incidence of rape is in part a legacy of its 14-year civil conflict, from which the country is still rebuilding, says the report. According to the World Health Organization, 'between 61.4 and 77.4 per cent of women and girls in Liberia were raped during the war.' Despite this, there has been no criminal accountability for perpetrators of war crimes in Liberia, including perpetrators of wartime sexual violence" (para 3).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"Boko Haram fighters have captured and killed large groups of other schoolchildren, but the kidnapping of the students from Chibok caught the world’s attention, fueled by a #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign" (para 15).
Jan. 25, 2017, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"The observatory will also document cases of violence by Israeli soldiers against women, providing accurate and scientific statistics, said Amal Khreisheh, general director of the Palestinian Working Women Society. 'Israeli soldiers practice direct forms of violence against women by storming into their houses, arresting and killing them. This is not to mention the violence against men who are beaten and arrested in front of their families,' Khreisheh told Al-Monitor" (para 10-11).
Jan. 25, 2017, 8:42 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in the capital, Juba, over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. They shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions" (para 4). "The Associated Press previously reported that U.N. peacekeepers in Juba did not stop the rapes of local women by soldiers outside the U.N.'s main camp last month" (para 7). "A report on the...more
Jan. 24, 2017, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"Since 29 April, at least 28 towns and villages have been attacked and burned, with reports of killings, rape, abduction and looting of cattle and other property" (para 1).
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"Islamic State leaders have made sexual slavery as they believe it was practiced during the Prophet Muhammad’s time integral to the group’s operations, preying on the women and girls the group captured from the Yazidi religious minority almost two years ago. To keep the sex trade running, the fighters have aggressively pushed birth control on their victims so they can continue the abuse unabated while the women are passed among them" (para 7). "Thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi minority remain captives of the Islamic State, after the jihadists overran their ancestral homeland on Mount Sinjar on Aug. 3, 2014. In the months since then, hundreds have managed...more
Jan. 20, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"According to the Human Rights Division of MINUSCA, which documented 775 cases of human rights violations between mid-September 2014 and May 31, serious violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law were committed throughout the country by nonstate armed groups, including anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka, and, to a lesser extent, government forces. Violations affected at least 785 victims, including 88 women and 43 children" (4-5). "Between 2014 and 2015, two European Union peacekeeping contingents allegedly raped two girls and paid two others for sex. The girls were 14 to 16 at the time of the alleged abuses. UN officials reported 22 allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation by MINUSCA personnel...more
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"The clinic treated 545 new cases of sexual assault, of which men in uniform committed 14 and armed men committed 24" (31).