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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-2

June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Civil, criminal, and commercial courts accord equal weight to the testimony of men and women. In sharia courts, which have jurisdiction over Muslim marriage, divorce, and inheritance cases, the testimony of one man equals that of two women" (10).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Basic Training Programme and the Programme of professional training for judges and prosecutors in FBIH includes training in proceeding the war crime cases of rape and sexual abuse, and manual 'War Sexual Violence' was created" (11). "In both entities, civilian victims of war, including survivors of wartime sexual violence, continue to face a different treatment compared to disabled veterans of war. This is manifested in considerably lower fees - often in the amount of 70 per cent of the maximum monthly allowance allocated to the war-disabled military personnel. The effect of stigma on overall efforts to provide assistance and support to survivors cannot be ignored" (13).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"While the majority of accounts concerned male detainees, there were increased reports of female detainees suffering abuse in government custody" (para 27).
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Having regard to Recommendation 18(h), the Protocol for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence had a second version, published in 2015 and titled Security Forces Protocol on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, Particularly in Relation to the Armed Conflict, with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and contributions by the Presidential Council for Human Rights and the Presidential Council for Women’s Equity. It formalizes the path to be taken in cases of sexual violence related to the armed conflict as well as the obligation to bring alleged sexual violence cases to the attention of the...more
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for due process, and defendants enjoy a presumption of innocence. While authorities informed defendants of the charges/accusations against them and provided them with free interpretation services as required, the quality of these services was generally poor, and defendants did not learn of the charges until the investigation was complete. Defendants have the right to a public trial, although juries are not used. They also have the right to be present during trial. All defendants, including the indigent, have the right to legal counsel, but authorities rarely respected this entitlement. Likewise, defendants may confront or question witnesses and present witnesses and evidence in both civil and criminal cases....more
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"In some cases authorities wrongfully imprisoned women because they deemed it unsafe for the women to return home or because women’s shelters were not available to provide protection in the provinces or districts at issue. The law provides a defendant the right to object to his or her pretrial detention and receive a court hearing on the matter, but authorities generally did not observe this requirement" (6). "Police and legal officials often charged women with intent to commit zina to justify their arrest and incarceration for social offenses, such as running away from home, rejecting a spouse chosen by her family, fleeing domestic violence or rape, or eloping. The constitution...more
March 3, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"'All women, who were allegedly raped, are encouraged to come forward and report the cases to the Zimbabwe Republic Police Victim Friendly Unit,' Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said. 'The unit is led by a female commissioner, hence, all affected women will be treated with empathy, compassion, respect and due care. Their safety will be guaranteed,' she added" (para 10-11).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"Legislation also addresses the issue of violence against women in penitentiary and correctional institutions by providing for the protection and proper treatment of women and respect for their privacy as women. Provisions of that nature are contained in the Penitentiary and Correctional Institutions Act (No. 3 of 2009) and its implementing regulations" (25).
Jan. 11, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-2, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"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
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-4, GEW-PRACTICE-2, GEW-DATA-1

“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
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"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).