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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 11, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"The Ministry sources said the woman was married and having children in Sri Lanka, when she had convicted for adultery with a Sri Lankan youth employed in Saudi Arabia. After she was produced before the Riyad Court, the woman had pleaded guilty and she was sentenced to be stoned to death according to Saudi Arabian law. The youth who had having the affair with Lankan woman had been given 100 lashes as punishment, Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala’s Media Secretary Nalin Rajapaksha said" (para 2-4).
Jan. 9, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Closely related to the relegation of women students to the background was their complaint of being infantilised by female hall wardens, who enforced regulations on visiting periods, 'morality,' dress codes and 'loitering' around the hall by 'ladies.' That male students were subjected to less authoritarian treatment by their male wardens and hall supervisors was resented and seen as sexist" (para 14).
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"For the first time ever, a Bosnian court has ordered two former Bosnian Serb soldiers who raped a Croat woman during the 1992-1995 war to pay monetary compensation to the victim. The two soldiers -- Bosiljko Markovic and Ostoja Markovic -- were also sentenced to 10 years in prison by the court on Wednesday, according to media reports. The two soldiers were reportedly ordered to pay 26,500 Bosnian marka (approximately $15,200) to the victim (para 1, 2). "Although Bosnian courts have, in the past, prosecuted and jailed several war criminals for sexual violence during the war, they have directed victims to pursue compensation claims in expensive civil procedures -- a...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Articles 343(b) and 445 of the Constitution grant the military complete independence over its own affairs, effectively placing military crimes outside the civilian justice system. Both the Government’s claims of equal rights for women under the Constitution and the criminalization of assault and insult are rendered moot, since many acts of gender-based violence are perpetrated by military personnel, and thus are outside the reach of the civilian justice system. Typically, victims of crimes perpetrated by the military are offered minimal compensation as quid pro quo for not going to court or are threatened or intimidated into keeping silent. When a complaint is brought against soldiers, a military commander intervenes and...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is particularly concerned about reports that repatriated women are detained… and deprived of their right to a fair trial" (12).
Oct. 4, 2018, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Virginity examinations” are a routine part of criminal proceedings in Afghanistan. When women or girls are accused of “moral crimes” such as sex outside of marriage, police, prosecutors, and judges regularly send them to government doctors. After examining them, the doctors submit reports reaching conclusions about whether they are “virgins,” also often drawing more detailed – and often damning – conclusions about their sexual histories. These reports are used in court as evidence and have led to long prison terms for many women" (para 2).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The reform to military criminal justice, adopted in December 2012, according to which human rights violations, such as violence against women (other than sexual violence) and arbitrary detentions, among others, will be handled by military courts; and the negative impact of the reform on the investigative process and the treatment of victims. The adoption in November 2012 of a law enforcement agencies protocol for the management of sexual violence with emphasis on sexual violence in instances of armed conflict, which gives authority to the military to deal directly with and assist victims of sexual violence" (Pg 6).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned that […] the High Council for Reconciliation and National Unity is not fully operational resulting in delays in investigating allegations of gender-based violence against women and girls by security forces and terrorist groups" (4).
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The two families sought guidance from the local Jirga, a council composed of tribal elders that usually rules in favor of men. The Jirga, trying to reduce further bloodshed, decided that Spogmai should be handed over to the family as compensation for the killing" (para 8). "Violence against women in Afghan is rarely prosecuted. Civil society and women’s rights groups are still reeling from the March 2015 murder of a 27-year-old woman in broad daylight in central Kabul, by a mob of men who falsely accused her of burning the Koran. The brutal killing of Farkhunda – and the disappointing legal process that followed – became a turning point in...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"A gangrape case in Pakistan has been allegedly settled for 1,200kg of wheat by local elders, highlighting the grave travesty of justice in the country" (para 1). "The victim's father said that following the registration of the case and the subsequent arrest of the main suspect, he was forced to settle the dispute through the 'jirga', a traditional system of settling disputes through tribal elders, and was promised a compensation of 1,200kg of wheat" (para 3).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"it seemed the law was finally protecting Afghan women. This was especially important because videos showed police officers assisting the angry murderers or standing by idly as they tortured Farkhunda. Holding those police officers accountable would be a powerful sign that women can count on the state for their safety and security" (para 2).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Relevant government departments haven't fully supervised the occurrence of discrimination against women in employment or granted tougher punishments over such prejudices. The Regulation on Labor Security Supervision (2004), which guides labor security inspection departments in their work, fails to explicitly include gender equality in employment in its regulatory scope, generating difficulties in monitoring discriminatory behavior against women in their employment. In addition, many employers have resorted to covert discrimination against women, which makes it hard for involved women to collect evidence, the supervisory departments off those prejudices and ask for intervention. Legislative bodies are expected to further improve existing laws and regulations in relation to gender equality in employment. The...more
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The trials of alleged former members of paramilitary groups--Jesus Emiro Pereira (alias Huevoepisca), and Alejandro Cardenas (alias JJ)--who were charged with the aggravated kidnapping, torture, and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya in 2000 continued, as did the case against another accused individual, Mario Jaime Mejia" (25).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"These were the stories that parents of the schoolgirls from Chibok heard Sunday from 21 girls released last week after the Nigerian government negotiated their freedom [over 200 girls kidnapped and fored to join the military or become their slaves]. The parents of the freed girls, as well as parents of girls still held captive, were bused to the nation’s capital for a joyful reunion ceremony at a hospital run by the country’s secret police service" (para 6-7). "The girls are in the custody of the secret police, and they are receiving medical and psychological care, government officials said. They were scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday....more
Jan. 3, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"On June 6, a 28-year-old woman, Nang Khaek, was raped, robbed, and killed in Ho Pong Township, southern Shan State. Local community members believed that soldiers from the nearby Light Infantry Battalion 249 outpost committed the crime. After initial denial, local military officers arrested one soldier, gave him a beating in public, and announced that he would be given the death sentence. The eastern commander apologized for the crime and donated to the victim’s family. After the public beating, all soldiers were transferred out of the area on June 12. Community members did not know if the perpetrator received additional punishment after the transfer" (40).
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil

“In April 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, police raided sex venues supposedly to rid the city of illegal activities such as pimping and child prostitution in the period preceding the 2014 soccer World Cup. While prostitution is legal, the NGOs Observatorio de Prostituicao and Justica Global alleged the police acted without warrants, beat prostitutes, stole money, demanded sexual services, gang-raped women, and retaliated against the women who reported their actions, including abducting one of the women and threatening her family; investigations continued at year’s end” (3).
Dec. 12, 2016, 9:29 a.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Along with being home to soaring rates of femicide, Honduras is also considered among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest rates of impunity. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, impunity has a particularly heavy impact on women and 'perpetuates the social acceptance of the phenomenon of violence against women' " (Para 5).
Dec. 10, 2016, 1:41 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"A woman in Iran has reportedly been sentenced to 100 lashes in a public flogging for having an extra-marital affair. The punishment was meted out to the woman known only as ST, on 27 April, in Golpayegan, Isfahan Province, reports Serat News. The woman is also serving 15 years in prison for the murder of her husband, an offence she committed with the man she had an affair with. Both the woman and the man who helped her kill her husband were arrested following her husband's death in 2012, with the man sentenced to the death penalty for his part in the crime" (Para 1-2). "It is rare for state...more
Nov. 15, 2016, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: India

"To look into the possible amendments in the criminal laws related to sexual violence against women in India, Justice Verma Committee was constituted on December 23, 2012. One of the recommendations of the Committee was that sexual offences by armed forces and men in uniform in conflict areas should be brought under ordinary criminal law. The Committee observed that rape and other forms of sexual assault were consistently deployed as an expression of power and must not necessarily be seen as crime of passion only. The recommendation had much relevance in the context of Kashmir. However, much to the disappointment of women in Kashmir, the government of India rejected the...more
Sept. 6, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"In the case of Zaruhi Petrosyan, she had left her abusive husband to live with her sister. It was at this time that her husband visited the home and abused her more violently. Zaruhi sustained a head injury, fractures, and bruises all over her body. She died later in a hospital from intracranial hematoma. According to her sister, Zaruhi’s abuser would brag about his cousin who held a high-ranking position with the Etchmiadzin police, saying that he could do anything he wanted to his wife, even kill her, if he wished (SWV 2016)"(18)."Zhenya Harutyunyan (1971-2014) – Zhenya was murdered by her husband in, who hit her body multiple times with...more
Aug. 29, 2016, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Customary law is recognized in the constitution but is considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (246).
Aug. 29, 2016, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Customary law is recognized in the constitution and is not considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (244).
Aug. 29, 2016, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Personal law is recognized in the constitution and is not considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality (244).
Aug. 29, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

In West Bank and Gaza, personal law is recognized in the constitution but is considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (242).
Aug. 21, 2016, 11:05 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Both customary and personal law are recognized in the constitution but are considered invalid if they violate provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (234).
Aug. 21, 2016, 11 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Personal law is recognized in the constitution and is not considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (236).
Aug. 21, 2016, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Customary law is recognized in the constitution but is considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality (228).
Aug. 21, 2016, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Personal law is recognized in the constitution and is not considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (222).
Aug. 21, 2016, 10:20 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

Customary law is recognized in the constitution but is considered invalid if it violates provisions on equality or nondiscrimination (228).
Aug. 18, 2016, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

At 0:04 of the video, a woman testifying in the Escuintla Couthouse says "I beg of you, honored judges for justice here in Guatemala. Because there have been so many other women who have also been killed. I speak on their behalf. So that my sister’s death doesn’t go unpunished"(ENB-Coder Comment). At 0:26 of the video words on the screen say "580 women were murdered in Guatemala in 2007. One percent of these cases were solved"(ENB-Coder Comment). At 1:26, speaking of her sister's death Rebecca says "Her murder can’t go unpunished. There are many cases here that they just file away...The cockroaches are the ones that take care of those...more