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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 28, 2020, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"During nationwide protests in mid-January, following the president's sudden announcement of a fuel price increase, security forces responded with lethal force, killing at least 17 people, raping at least 17 women, shooting and injuring 81 people, and arresting over 1,000 suspected protestors during door-to-door raids. In the months that followed,d several civil society activists, political opposition leaders, and other critics of the government were arbitrarily arrested, abducted, beaten or tortured. Little to no efforts were made to bring those responsible for the abuses to justice" (para 1). "Security forces appeared to take advantage of the general unrest during the protests and crackdown to commit rape and other serious abuses" (para...more
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"In the southwestern municipality of Tumaco, where sexual violence, including by armed groups, is pervasive, women face an array of obstacles in ensuring protection and accountability" (para 42).
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:52 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Gender-based violence, including by armed groups, is widespread in Colombia. Lack of training and poor implementation of treatment protocols impede timely access to medical services and create obstacles for women and girls seeking post-violence care and justice. Perpetrators of violent, gender-based crimes are rarely held accountable" (para 41).
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In the eastern province of Arauca, on the border with Venezuela, a FARC dissident group has committed serious abuses against civilians including those who defy the group’s 'rules'. Abuses include murder, sexual violence, child recruitment, kidnappings, and forced labor. In some cases, fighters from this group have taken victims across the border to Venezuela" (para 7).
Sept. 13, 2020, 9 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In August 2019, the FFM called on Myanmar’s security forces to stop using sexual and gender-based violence, including rape and gang rape, against women, children and transgender people, to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities. The military has used sexual violence to devastate communities and deter women and girls from returning to their homes" (para 2). "The laws, policies, and practices that underpin the government’s persecution of the Rohingya—and which serve as causal factors for the killings, rapes and gang rapes, torture, and forced displacement by the military and other government authorities—remain in place" (para 5).
Sept. 11, 2020, 8:52 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Migrants and asylum seekers who are captured at sea and returned to Libyan territory are placed in detention under the GNA Interior Ministry, where many suffer inhumane conditions including beatings, sexual violence, extortion, forced labor, and inadequate medical treatment, food and water. The Department for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM), under the GNA Interior Ministry, manages the formal migrant detention centers, while smugglers and traffickers run informal ones" (para 34).
Aug. 30, 2020, 8:39 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Human Rights Watch and other organizations documented a system of organized rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage by ISIS forces of Yezidi women and girls from 2014 to 2017. However, no ISIS member in Iraq has been prosecuted or convicted for those specific crimes" (para 32).
Aug. 30, 2020, 5:04 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"On February 16, a group of armed separatists abducted 170 students, mostly girls under 18, a teacher, and two guards from a boarding school in Kumbo, North-West region. They were all released the following day amid rumors of ransoms being paid" (para 17). "On June 18, separatists kidnapped at least 40 people, including women and children, beat and robbed them in Bafut, North-West region. They were released the following day" (para 19).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3, GEW-DATA-1

“For the last 16 years we’ve been living in a state of war in the east of our country. It’s a war of aggression with neighbouring countries. There are national armed groups and there are foreign groups who pillage our region…It’s women’s bodies who are used as battlefields in this war...Thousands of women are raped with atrocious violence, children are recruited and young women are detained as sexual slaves by the armed groups” (para 3-5).
Aug. 19, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

" Parties to the conflict have accused women of prostitution, promiscuity, and immorality using derogatory terms as part of their public threats and harassment against opponents" (para 24).
Aug. 16, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Kyrgyzstan announced steps toward repatriating some of the hundreds of citizens detained in Iraq as spouses and children of Islamic State (ISIS) suspects, and said it already had an agreement to return some 70 children from Iraq" (para 14).
Aug. 13, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Attacks by a suspected Islamist armed group, locally known as both Al-Sunna wa Jama’a and Al-Shabab, continued in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, with armed groups changing their tactics. In addition to beheading people and burning houses, the group became implicated in kidnapping of women, as well as attacks on public transport and killing of military personnel. The extremist group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for at least two of the attacks; however, the extent of ISIS involvement, if any, is unclear" (para. 6).
Aug. 7, 2020, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The 2018 application process for wartime survivors of sexual violence to be granted legal status as war victims and to seek financial compensation from authorities had limited reach. By June, around 800 survivors of sexual violence had applied, of which 145 had been approved and 102 rejected, and the remaining pending at time of writing. Approved victims receive 230 euros per month and may be eligible for health benefits for illnesses linked to violence suffered during the war. Women survivors are not automatically entitled to free primary or secondary health care, or free psychosocial assistance, unlike other civilian war victims" (para 45).
Aug. 7, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In September, the Belgrade High Court sentenced a former member of the Special Operations Unit, an elite Serbian unit, to eight years' imprisonment for the June 1992 war-time rape of a Bosnian woman in Brcko" (para 14). "Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) expressed concern in July to the UN Security Council that in Serbia, and other former Yugoslav countries, convicted war criminals are considered heroes and glorified by politicians, with widespread denial by public officials of war crimes" (para 19).
Aug. 2, 2020, 6:20 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"A United Nations report released on September 3, 2019 by the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said UAE-backed forces and armed groups committed grave abuses…including rape and other forms of sexual violence" (para 12).
July 12, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In such a volatile environment, it’s not easy to find much of an audience interested in discussing gender issues or the peculiar problems that women have faced after war. This is both sad and disgraceful, particularly considering the atrocities and savageness many women survived in the 1990s. Mass rape was used as a military tool—predominantly against Bosnian Muslims—alongside forced impregnations of women and other brutal forms of sexual violence. Today, there are still legal discrepancies with international standards, and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women recently recommended the amendment of the Bosnian Criminal Code and a definition of wartime sexual violence 'including a specific...more
June 21, 2020, 7:29 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Russia strongly condemns sexual violence in armed conflict. We have comprehensively supported eradication of this abhorrent war crime. Any sorts of violence against civilians in wartime are absolutely unacceptable."
June 21, 2020, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Action with Women and Peace initiative in June 2018 in order to contribute to addressing the issue of gender-based violence in conflict, providing support for Rohingya refugees ($1 million) and survivors of sexual violence in Central African Republic ($1 million). In addition, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) newly created the "gender-based violence in conflict" section in 2018 within its civil society-government cooperation projects and is carrying out three projects to support woman refugees."
June 14, 2020, 10:12 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“In June last year, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry launched an “action with women and peace” initiative, which will involve new development projects related to gender-based violence in conflict-afflicted countries . . . As part of this initiative, in July the government held the first international conference in Asia to focus on women, peace and security. It also provided $8 million to support projects in response to sexual violence in conflict situations.”
June 14, 2020, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Commission held that the Turkish authorities did not take any action to prevent sexual violence, nor punish its occurrence, and considered the nonprevention imputable to Turkey under the Convention."
June 14, 2020, 10 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In the course of its submissions, the Cypriot government complained of “wholesale and repeated rapes of women of all ages from twelve to seventy-one, sometimes to such an extent that the victims suffered hemorrhages [sic] or became mental wrecks.” The government also claimed that in areas under Turkish occupation enforced prostitution was practiced, systematic rape (multiple rape of the same victim by multiple perpetrators), public rape (including women experiencing rape in front of their children and family members), aggravated rape (sexual violence accompanied by severe violence including but not limited to head trauma and near suffocation), and rape/murder nexus (where women were immediately killed following their sexual violation) were common....more
June 6, 2020, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The UK Government was totally correct in making the prevention of sexual violence in conflict an important policy priority, and should be applauded for doing so. It did this through the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), launched by Lord Hague of Richmond and Ms Angelina Jolie Pitt in 2012, which set out to end impunity for sexual violence in conflict and hold perpetrators accountable. The PSVI recognised that prevention hinges on women’s full participation and highlighted that men and boys are also victims of these crimes. It helped to shine a spotlight on sexual violence in conflict and prompted states to commit to take action through the General Assembly endorsed...more
June 6, 2020, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“The Australian Senate passed a landmark motion last week, recognising the sexual violence Islamic State perpetrated in Syria and Iraq as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. It has now called for thegGovernment to “investigate Australians who have allegedly perpetrated war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including through the use of sexual violence, and prosecute them as appropriate”.”
June 6, 2020, 7:35 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Senate— (a) notes that: (i) genocide is a crime under both international and Australian law, (ii) the use of sexual violence and other acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group constitutes genocide, (iii) the use of sexual violence in armed conflict is a war crime, (iv) the use of sexual violence, as part of a widespread or systematic attack, directed against any civilian population is a crime against humanity, and (v) international sex trafficking is a crime under Australian law; (b) acknowledges that members of Da'esh: (i) have perpetrated genocide against the Yazidi people, (ii) are perpetrating war...more
June 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“Both houses of Australia’s federal parliament have now recognised Da’esh’s use of sexual violence as a war crime, crime against humanity and genocide. They have condemned the use of sexual violence by Da’esh and called for the investigation and prosecution of the individuals responsible.”
June 6, 2020, 7:29 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“The Senate passed a motion acknowledging Da’esh’s use sexual violence amounting to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and the dedicated infrastructure for trafficking and slavery of women and girls. It called on the government to investigate Australians who have allegedly perpetrated war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including through the use of sexual violence, and prosecute them as appropriate and to support international efforts to gather evidence, investigate and prosecute those responsible for international crimes perpetrated by Da’esh in Iraq and Syria.”
June 6, 2020, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“On 4 September, members of the lower house of [the Australian] Federal Parliament debated a motion recognising and calling for the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence perpetrated by Australians fighting with violent extremist organisations in Syria and Iraq.”
May 31, 2020, 11:36 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“Canada has taken a leadership role at least in raising awareness of the resolution [UNSCR 1325], and in integrating it into its own foreign policy initiatives, and into its work within multi-lateral fora. One such example is the New York-based Friends of Women, Peace and Security group, a coalition of representatives from like-minded states, UN agencies and NGOs, initiated and chaired by Canada, which meets to build political support for UNSCR 1325 and to discuss priorities for implementation . . . [Canada] supports international justice mechanisms to generate increased awareness and attention to gender-based crimes; for example, Canada provided some funding to the International Criminal Court to ensure that there...more
May 31, 2020, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“Although such conflicts take place far from Canada and in apparently very different contexts, Canada nonetheless has an important role to play in ending violence against girls and women in conflict contexts. Canadian government and civil society are actively engaged in various initiatives and on an international level, Canada is seen as a leader in the field."
April 30, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Granted, some of these crimes against women were committed by the military and the police themselves, as women like Mona Eltahawy (a journalist whose arms were broken by soldiers) and Samira Ibrahim (a young protester who sued the government, accusing an army doctor of submitting her to a forced 'virginity test') have reported" (para 9).