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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The woman -- one among the thousands who were raped during the multilateral conflict involving various Serbian and Croat entities with Bosnia and Herzegovina -- was repeatedly raped during an attack on her village of Orahova in 1992, according to media reports. Estimates by various human rights groups suggest that up to 60,000 women -- mostly Muslim Bosniaks -- might have been raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers. 'Many women were raped, sometimes repeatedly, in front of family members in their homes. Others were raped in public, outdoors, in broad daylight,' the Women Under Siege project run by U.S.-based Women’s Media Center, said" (para 2, 3, 4).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Alleged victims said Bangladeshi police officers deployed with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti sexually assaulted children and demanded transactional sex" (4).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Village guards, a civilian militia that reported to the Jandarma (and historically was responsible for widespread human rights abuses), provided additional local security in the Southeast, largely in response to the terrorist threat from the PKK. Government mechanisms to investigate and punish alleged abuse and corruption by state officials remained inadequate, and impunity remained a problem. Human rights organizations alleged that village guards were less professional and disciplined than other security forces and engaged in abductions and confiscation of property . . . The Ombudsman Institution, the NHRI, and parliament’s Human Rights Commission are authorized to investigate reports of security force killings, torture or mistreatment, excessive use of force, or...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-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 . . . The military has committed human rights abuses, including sexual violence against ethnic women, as part of its offensives in ethnic areas. Part of the conflict stems from a desire to control the vast natural resources in ethnic areas, and the military and its cronies have long-standing and extensive business interests in ethnic regions" (page 1-2). "Violence against women is committed by both public and private actors and the military and police are perpetrators of sexual violence against...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that women and girls have been subjected to increasing levels and different types of gender-based violence, such as domestic violence, forced disappearances, torture and murders, especially feminicide, by state actors, including law enforcement officials and the security forces, as well as by non-state actors such as organized crime groups" (3). "The prevalence of sexual violence, including rape and the exposure of women and girls to vulnerability and risk in regions where the army and/or the law enforcement officials are conducting operations against organized crime" (5). "It is also concerned at information indicating that the State party’s public security policy against organized crime has negatively impacted indigenous...more
Nov. 8, 2018, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"'The ones who do not wage war are being disqualified from making peace. Those who wage war are the preferred occupants for peace tables,' said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women… 'Between 1990 and 2017, under our watch, women constituted only 2% of mediators, 8% of negotiators, and 5% of witnesses and signatories in major peace processes. Only three out of 11 agreements signed in 2017 contained provisions on gender equality, continuing last year’s worrisome downward trend. Of 1,500 agreements signed between 2000 and 2016, only 25 raise the role of women’s engagement in the implementation phase,' she said" (para. 7 - 8).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine State occurred during the year... Augmented security forces, as well as local vigilante groups acting independently or in concert with security forces, then reportedly committed widespread atrocities against Rohingya villagers, including.. disappearances, rape" (1). "Most documented rapes were gang rapes, and many were mass rapes. The UN special representative on sexual violence assessed sexual violence was used as a calculated tool of terror aimed at the extermination and removal of the Rohingya as a group. One woman from Chut Pyin Village (also known as Shoppara) reported five soldiers raped her on August 26, the day before her village was burned by security...more
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In 2012 Komnas HAM released its findings regarding the anti-communist purges of 1965 and 1966. Based on a four-year investigation, the commission concluded that government actions--which included killing, extermination, enslavement, eviction or forced removal of the population, the deprivation of personal freedom, torture, rape, and enforced disappearance--constituted a crime against humanity. The government has not followed up on these serious violations, and the Attorney General’s Office has still not filed any charges in cases related to those events" (para 140)
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-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. And it was violent: many also had been stabbed, shot, or brutally beaten. In one case, a 15-year-old girl was ruthlessly dragged on the ground for some 50 feet, tied to a tree, and then raped by 10 Myanmar soldiers" (para 2). "This didn’t look like just a spontaneous thing: we documented patterns of sexual harassment and abuse that stretched back for weeks before the major attack. We also documented rapes and other forms of sexual violence...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"A Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her, has spoken about her horrific ordeal for the first time. Noura Hussein, 19, was forced to marry her cousin, and when she refused to consummate the marriage, she says he called his family to help him rape her. Miss Hussein claims her husband's family tore her clothes off and held her down while her the 35-year-old brutally raped her. When her husband tried to force himself on her again the following day, she says she managed to get hold of a knife and stabbed him to death in self-defence" (para 1-4). "After realising that she...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape was not generally used as a weapon of war, but women risked exposure to crossfire or faced the threat of sexual violence or intimidation" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"For example, on June 17, authorities arrested a commander and seven members of the Tornado volunteer battalion, charging them with the kidnapping, unlawful detention, rape, and torture of local residents of government-controlled territory in the Luhansk Oblast" (4). "A September HRMMU report cited an interview with a woman abducted twice by separatist groups, once from July to October 2014 and again from February to July. During her periods of captivity, she reported severe beatings, threats against her relatives, and an attempted gang rape" (17-18).
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the State party’s efforts since 2006 to improve the situation of women have largely been impeded by the instability caused by the occupation of northern and central Mali by radical Islamic groups, inter-ethnic violence and several consequent military interventions since 2012, which has resulted in a near-breakdown of the public administration, the closure of schools, the abandonment of hospitals, the disruption of food production and supplies, increasing levels of extreme poverty and the displacement of populations. 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,...more
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee expresses particular concern at: (a) Continuing sexual violence perpetrated by the military and armed groups against rural women and ethnic minority women, in particular in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin Mon and Rakhine States; widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of such violence as well as threats and revictimization of women who attempt to report such cases; the low rate of prosecution of perpetrators of gender-based violence against women, in particular when such crimes are committed by the military and armed groups; and the conferment of immunity on perpetrators of crimes of sexual violence" (page 7-8).
July 16, 2018, 4:02 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Tunisia has embarked on a bold and painful experiment, gathering testimony from victims of six decades of abuses under two dictatorships before its revolution four years ago led to a still-fledgling democracy. Already, thousands have arrived to lodge complaints at the country’s Truth and Dignity Commission, which is scheduled to begin public hearings in June with the goal of exposing the violations, making reparations and holding the abusers accountable in a search for national reconciliation. Just a few months into the process, 12,000 victims have come forward, most of them men. But what has surprised even longtime human rights activists is the number of women starting to tell stories of...more
July 6, 2018, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Criminal gangs, militiamen, police, gendarmes, and rebel forces subject locals to an unrelenting stream of abuses, including banditry, assault, extortion, and the rape of women, girls, and even babies. State institutions tasked with preventing and holding accountable those responsible for the violence have largely failed to act, allowing a dangerous culture of impunity to take hold" (1).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee notes that the State party is currently facing a series of terrorist and other violent acts, and fully acknowledges the need to protect its citizens from such acts. The Committee recalls, however, that human rights must be protected, even in the context of counter-terrorism measures. The Committee notes with concern that a high number of predominantly Kurdish civilians, including many women, have reportedly been killed or have been subjected to violence, including sexual violence, committed in the context of counter-terrorism operations by the Turkish security forces against the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which is regarded as a terrorist organization by the State party and by certain other States,...more
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about...cases of sexual exploitation of women and girls by personnel of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti in this context" (8).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"However, it expresses its serious concern at the prevalence of sexual violence against women and girls, including rape, by all actors in the armed conflict, including by post-demobilization armed groups. It is concerned at the significant underreporting of cases and at the widespread impunity with respect to the investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls, which contribute to the victims’ lack of confidence in the State response" (Pg 5).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para 9).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para 9).
Jan. 22, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Uruguay
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The [UN peacekeepers accused of raping women in Haiti and impregnating them] are scattered around the globe, having returned to their homes in Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Argentina" (para 5).
Jan. 22, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The mothers of Haiti’s 'peacekeeper babies' have filed the first legal action against both the UN and individual peacekeeping soldiers in paternity and child support claims. The lawsuit is the latest development in a protracted legal battle to make the soldiers contribute to the upkeep of children they allegedly fathered" (para 1-2). "The UN mission, sent in 2004 to stabilise political turmoil , left the island in October this year. It has been dogged by controversy, including allegations of sexual abuse and the introduction of cholera to the island" (para 9).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-LAW-1

"The prohibition applies to Swedish peacekeepers stationed abroad, and has been implemented a number of time against military personnel exploiting women through prostitution in countries involved in armed conflict, such as in Kosovo" (page 3).
Jan. 10, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In Bentiu in Unity State, the Commission heard of a number of women raped by soldiers outside the camp for displaced people on the day they visited. Despite the stigma, a woman in Bentiu described in a public meeting how she was raped and threatened with death by soldiers in Leer three days prior to the Commission’s visit and was still searching for her husband after the attack on their village. 'There is no stigma around rape because for us it is normal; it is happening every day to us, she said" (para 7). "'What concerns us is the pattern of sexual violence targeting women all over the country, the...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).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"A chilling video circulating on social media shows more than 100 members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, repeating dozens of times their call to 'make opponents pregnant so that they can give birth to Imbonerakure'...Following the release of the video, on 5 April 2017 the CNDD-FDD issued a statement condemning the chanting and stating that a preliminary enquiry has found that there were 'influences outside the party.' However, recent reports indicate that similar, larger rallies have been organized across the country by officials from the Government and the President’s party" (para 2). This chant directly targets women because of the call to impregnate; only...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. 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 reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."According to the Hidden Gulag IV report, since late 2008, Jongo-ri (Camp 12) in North Hamkyung Province was expanded to include a...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern Rakhine State have been detailed in a new UN report issued Friday based on interviews with victims across the border in Bangladesh"(para 1)."Of the 101 women interviewed, more than half reported having suffered rape or other forms of sexual violence"(para 2)."One mother recounted how her five-year-old daughter was trying to protect her from rape when a man 'took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat.' In another case, an eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Though he [Chechnya’s dictator Ramzan Kadyrov] officially bans under-age marriage and bridal abduction, cases of local security servicemen forcing very young girls into marriages, and as second or de facto temporary wives have been reported. Women’s activists told me that parents are afraid their daughters be seen in public, especially in the evenings, for fear of them being noticed by people in positions of power. Families cannot resist pressure from powerful security types who may seek to take them for marriage"(para 16)