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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

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).
April 30, 2020, 9:29 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Day 8 (April 2nd) of the genocide trial was extremely emotional and difficult to get through. Ten courageous women, survivors of sexual violence, shared their personal stories to the world. According to the prosecution 1,485 acts of sexual violence occurred against Ixiles women between 1982 and 1983. Former Dictator and Head of State Efrain Ríos Montt and former G-2 Commander Jose Mauricio Rodriguez are being tried for crimes against humanity, specifically for genocide, which includes sexual violence" (para1). "Though the women who testified are clearly victims of sexual violence, committed by the hands of military, the witnesses were visibly concerned about disclosing their identities and had concerns about how their...more
April 24, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Boko Haram abducted men, women, and children, often in conjunction with attacks on communities. The group forced men, women, and children to fight on its behalf. Women and girls abducted by Boko Haram were subjected to physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, forced marriage, forced religious conversions, and sexual abuse, including rape and sexual slavery. Boko Haram also forced women and girls to participate in military operations. Most female suicide bombers were coerced in some form and were often drugged. Boko Haram also used women and girls to lure security forces into ambushes, force payment of ransoms, and leverage prisoner exchanges." (18). "The government successfully negotiated the release of 82...more
April 4, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about reports of severe human rights violations, including cases of gang rape and other forms of sexual violence against women, committed by members of the armed forces, as described in the report of the mapping exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003 that the United Nations published in 2010, which have not been investigated by the State party, thus leading to impunity for perpetrators" (7).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"One pending allegation reported in 2016, which allegedly involved rape of a minor by military personnel deployed to the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire, was still under both Pakistani government and UN investigation as of October 15" (6). "The United Nations reported that as of October 15 it received two allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against Pakistani peacekeepers for one incident alleged to have occurred in September 2016, and one allegedly continuing exploitative sexual relationship that lasted from an unspecified date in 2011 to June 2012" (6). "The TTP particularly targeted girls’ schools to demonstrate its opposition to girls’ education but also destroyed boys’ schools" (21).
March 24, 2020, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-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" (para 2). "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...more
Feb. 11, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"At the height of sectarian violence in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, it was clearly apparent that women’s bodies and wider gender norms and relations were used by militias to assert control in neighbourhoods, and to mark the boundaries of different religious and ethnic communities. It was also obvious that there was a link between the militarization of conflict and the increase in gender-based violence. Unfortunately, these trends have become entrenched in today’s Iraq, even if in slightly more subtle ways than a few years ago. Acute violence in the form of car bombs and targeted assassinations, as well as kidnapping, forced prostitution, trafficking and honour-based crimes are only the...more
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Notwithstanding the information provided by the State party concerning some steps taken to acknowledge the abuses against victims of Japan’s military sexual slavery practices during the Second World War, the so-called “comfort women”, the Committee remains deeply concerned at the State party’s failure to meet its obligations under the Convention while addressing this matter, in particular relation to: Failure to carry out effective educational measures to prevent gender-based breaches of the Convention, as illustrated, inter alia, by a decrease in references to this issue in school history textbooks... The State party’s rejection of several recommendations relevant to this issue, made in the context of the universal periodic review (A/HRC/22/14/Add.1, paras.147.145...more
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Sources reported there could be several hundred other men, women, and children sold or inherited as slaves in the al-Hodeida and al-Mahwit Governorates. In some instances employers forced children into domestic servitude and agricultural work (see section 7.c.) and women into domestic servitude or prostitution" (35).
Jan. 13, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Women and children living in IDP settlements were particularly vulnerable to rape by armed men, including government soldiers and militia members. Gatekeepers in control of some IDP camps reportedly forced girls and women to provide sex in exchange for food and services within the camps." (25).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"It [domestic violence against women] is an echo of the systematic rape and torture women endured during the nation's 36-year civil war, which left an indelible mark on Guatemalan society" (para 55).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor. Nevertheless, forced labor occurred. The government effectively enforced the law. Penalties for forced labor violations were sufficiently stringent to deter violations… men, women, and children were subjected to forced begging" (27).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor occurred. Men and women from Cameroon, Benin, and other neighboring countries, as well as from the Dominican Republic and Cuba, were recruited for work, and some were subsequently subjected to forced labor. Often they were not compensated as agreed upon, and their passports were confiscated. In one publicized case, a high-level member of the president’s cabinet severely beat an employee of one of his private businesses when she demanded payment. He then returned her passport and forced her to leave the country... Companies in the construction sector, among others, held the passports of their foreign workers, a possible indication of forced labor" (25).
Oct. 15, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, MARR-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Syrians that remain in the country and those living as refugees in neighboring countries are extremely vulnerable to traffickers. Syrian children are reportedly vulnerable to forced early marriages—which can lead to commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor—and children displaced within the country continue to be subjected to forced labor, particularly by organized begging rings" (451).
Sept. 20, 2019, 7:39 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Boko Haram routinely forces girls to choose between forced marriages to its fighters—for the purpose of sexual slavery—or becoming suicide bombers" (366).
Aug. 29, 2019, 11:53 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Traffickers subject Ghanaian boys and girls to forced labor within the country in fishing, domestic service, street hawking, begging, portering, artisanal gold mining, quarrying, herding, and agriculture, including cocoa" (218).
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:57 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Traffickers subject some men, women, and children working in artisanal mines in eastern DRC to forced labor, including debt bondage, by mining bosses, other miners, family members, government officials, and armed groups" (160).