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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee notes that the Russian Federation is a party to the Minsk peace agreements and to the protocol to the first Minsk agreement, which are aimed at the cessation of hostilities between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk people’s republic' and 'Luhansk people’s republic'. While the Committee has taken into account the explanations provided by the State party during the dialogue, it remains concerned about: (a) Reports of sexual and gender-based violence, including rape, murder, torture and ill-treatment of women, perpetrated by armed groups in the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk people’s republic' and 'Luhansk people’s republic'; (b) Reports of acts of violence and discrimination against women and allegations of reprisals against women...more
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"ISIS members committed acts of violence on a mass scale, including killings through suicide bombings and improvised explosive devices (IEDs); executions including shootings and public beheadings; use of civilians as human shields; as well as use of chemical weapons. They also engaged in kidnapping, rape, enslavement, forced marriage, and sexual violence, committing such acts against civilians from a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, including Shia, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Yezidis, and members of other religious and ethnic groups" (2). "According to the KRG Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, authorities rescued more than 3,100 kidnapped Yezidi men, women, and children from ISIS; however, authorities believed another 3,293 Yezidis, mainly...more
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The United Nations received one allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by Fijian peacekeepers in Beirut, Lebanon, during the year. The accusation of transactional sex was made against a member of the military contingent serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force, and allegedly occurred in September" (2).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine

"Women working as domestic workers were vulnerable to forced labor conditions in both the West Bank and Gaza, since the PA and de facto Hamas authorities do not regulate domestic labor within households or in the large informal sector" (115).
April 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Government officials sometimes acted on reported rape cases if the perpetrators were security force members or aligned with ZANU-PF. For example, in August police arrested police deputy commissioner Cosmas Mushore and Zimbabwe National Army lieutenant-colonel Rangarirai Kembo on charges of rape in two separate incidents" (33).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In accordance with Recommendation 10 (a) CEDAW/C/BIH/CO/4-5 on State Strategy for War Crimes, in 2015 the CoM BiH adopted the 'Information of the BiH to the UN CEDAW Committee', providing details on implementation of this recommendation. In 2016, there was increase in the number of completed cases, as compared to previous years, which was the result of significant increase in the number of war crimes indictments with elements of sexual violence" (10). "In order to implement Recommendation 10 (b) CEDAW/C/BIH/CO/4-5, amendments to the Criminal Code of BiH have been adopted, defining sexual violence as a war crime and a crime against humanity. Amendments superseded earlier condition for the use of...more
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual violence is common in conflict-prone areas of Myanmar, the United Nations said in a 2016 report, noting that the Defense Ministry had prosecuted 61 members of the military for such acts from 2011 to 2015" (para 11).
April 5, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Mexico

"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 22, 2019, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that foreign men, women, and children were engaged in forced labor, chiefly in the construction and restaurant sectors" (12).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Numerous human rights organizations reported other forms of torture, including forcing objects into the rectum and vagina…" (para 22)."The SNHR reported that psychological torture methods included forcing prisoners to witness the rape of other prisoners, threatening the rape of family members (in particular female family members), forced undressing, and insulting prisoners’ beliefs" (para 24). "Various NGOs, including HRW, AI, and the SNHR, continued to report widespread instances of rape and sexual abuse, including of minors" (para 25). "The COI also reported that government personnel raped and used other forms of sexual violence against women in detention facilities as well as at checkpoints. A July SNHR report noted that Hama State...more
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"As of November 15, there were five new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by Moroccan peacekeepers deployed to UN peacekeeping operations for events that occurred in previous years. Morocco and the UN jointly investigated three of the allegations and determined them to be unsubstantiated. Two other allegations remain under investigation. Morocco and the UN completed joint investigations of nine allegations reported in previous years. They determined that two claims of sexual abuse and one allegation of sexual exploitation were substantiated, and determined that six allegations were unsubstantiated. Two allegations reported in 2016 remain pending investigation. The government indicated that one member of the military whom an investigation implicated in...more
March 15, 2019, 7 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"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 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor occurred. Men, women, and children were forced into poppy cultivation, domestic work, carpet weaving, brick kiln work, organized begging, and drug trafficking. NGO reports documented the practice of bonded labor, whereby customs allow families to force men, women, and children to work as a means to pay off debt or to settle grievances. The debt can continue from generation to generation, with children forced to work to pay off their parents’ debt (see section 7.c.). Labor violations against migrant workers were common, especially the widespread practice of bonded labor in brick kiln facilities" (34).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor of both Belizean and foreign women occurred in bars, nightclubs, and domestic service. Migrant men, women, and children were at risk for forced labor in agriculture, fishing, and in the service sector, including restaurants and shops, particularly among the South Asian and Chinese communities" (18).
March 3, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Dressed in all black, women in Zimbabwe took to the streets in protest against sexual violence and assault perpetrated by the military on Wednesday. The protesters, part of the 'Black Wednesday' campaign, called on the government to hold the military accountable for raping and assaulting several girls and women over the past two weeks, the Guardian reports" (para 1). "Since then, police have received reports of military personnel robbing, murdering, and raping people. In some cases, the military has forcefully entered people’s homes to “punish” them for participating in anti-government protests. 'Soldiers stormed my home at midnight on the second day of the protests, their faces hidden behind balaclavas, and...more
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial and unlawful killings; reports of torture and arbitrary detention; corruption; rape and abuse of women and children by illegal armed groups; forced abortion carried out by illegal armed groups; and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex persons" (1). "Members of illegal armed groups, including former paramilitary members, and guerrillas also continued to rape and abuse women and children sexually" (29). "The Ministry of Defense continued implementing its protocol for managing cases of sexual violence and harassment involving members of the military" (29). "There were reports ELN guerrillas and organized criminal gangs used forced labor, including forced child labor, in coca...more
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In connection with this recommendation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has undertaken a number of actions, including: (…) (e)The adoption by the armed forces of an action plan to combat sexual and gender-based violence and a code of ethics and conduct, which includes articles addressing sexual violence; (f) The inclusion of training modules on sexual violence and gender equality in the military training programme, as well as in military schools and academies" (14-15). "In addition, cases of sexual violence brought to the attention of the judicial authorities are investigated. Civilian and military perpetrators of rape and other crimes of sexual violence, regardless of their position, are prosecuted and sentenced...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape has been used widely as a weapon in South Sudan. Even after a peace deal was signed in September to end a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people, humanitarians have warned of higher rates of sexual assault as growing numbers of desperate people try to reach aid" (para 5).
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina

"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

"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).