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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-3

April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Nonstate militant groups kidnapped boys and girls and used fraudulent promises to coerce parents into giving away children as young as 12 to spy, fight, or die as suicide bombers. The militants sometimes offered parents money, often sexually and physically abused the children, and used psychological coercion to convince the children the acts they committed were justified" (21).
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Married Chinese Muslim women are regularly forced to share the same bed as male officials sent by government to monitor them when their husbands are being indoctrinated in internment camps, it has been revealed" (para 1). "Uighur wives from China's Xinjiang Province have been required to 'invite' inspectors into their homes under a mandatory surveillance programme when their spouses are under detention, according to reports" (para 2). "With their husbands away from home, those Muslim women must provide information about their lives and political views to the male inspectors, who call themselves their 'relatives', it is reported" (para 3). "The news came as Beijing is reportedly encouraging Han men to...more
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:56 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"In 2016, abductions for recruitment by the Lord’s Resistance Army increased slightly, and 16 Burundian child soldiers and one Rwandan child soldier, some recruited from refugee camps, were stopped by government officials while reportedly transiting through the DRC to fight in armed groups in Burundi. Child soldiers separated from armed groups and reintegrated into society remain vulnerable to rerecruitment, as adequate rehabilitation services did not exist for children suffering severe psychological trauma, stigmatization may interfere with community reintegration. There were no confirmed cases of child soldier recruitment by the FARDC for the fourth consecutive year. An international organization verified the FARDC used children in support roles, including for sexual slavery...more
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:54 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-PRACTICE-1

"In February 2018, an international organization estimated that there were more than 150 different armed groups in the DRC. In 2018, several armed groups continued to abduct and forcibly recruit Congolese men, women, and children as combatants and in support roles, such as guards, porters, cleaners, cooks, messengers, spies, and tax collectors at mining sites; women and girls were forced to marry or serve as sex slaves for members of some armed groups" (160).
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:44 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"During the reporting period, there were two cases, verified by an international organization, of children used—but not recruited—in support roles by the FARDC, one for sex slavery and domestic servitude and the other for forced labor; the government redeployed one commander allegedly responsible for these crimes to a different regiment and did not report holding him or other allegedly complicit officials accountable" (159).
July 21, 2019, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Women in conflict-affected areas are often unable to access the humanitarian aid of which almost 19 million people in Yemen are in need. They are stifled by social restrictions on their freedom of movement, fear of abuse at militia-held checkpoints and the rising costs of transportation, as many roads are closed or have been destroyed because of the ongoing fighting" (para 8).
July 21, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The narrative of throwing out intruders to save the Hindu rashtra is integral to the ‘education’ being imparted to the young tribal girls spirited away from home. Even when they themselves, ironically, bec­ome outsiders in the process. The Bodo and adivasis girls, taken away from their homes, have now emb­raced patriarchal ideas of honour, sati and jauhar instead of turning to their own brave tribal women warriors like Tengfakhri, who fought criminals in the British era instead of committing suicide like the Rani of Chhota Kashi. The ‘bravery’ being instilled in these girls is limited to the Sangh’s Hindu state-building efforts as wives, mothers, recruiters and sometimes propagandists. They return...more
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The practice of girl compensation--compensating the family of a crime victim with a girl from the perpetrator’s family--occurred. Victims were generally between ages 11 and 15, did not attend school, and often were physically and sexually abused and used as servants by their captors. Local officials complained that the absence of security and rule of law in many areas impeded efforts to curb the practice" (Pg 36).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The government claimed, based on statements of several women formerly associated with Maoist groups, that sexual violence, including rape and other forms of abuse, was a practice in some Maoist camps" (16).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"On May 7, Israeli border police shot and killed a 16- year-old Palestinian, Fatimah Hjeiji, after she brandished a knife at police officers near the Old City’s Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. B’Tselem and witnesses quoted in media reports said that Hjeiji did not pose a danger given that she stopped several yards away from the officers, who were behind a metal barrier and wearing protective gear. According to Israeli police, Hjeiji had written a letter bidding farewell to her family, indicating she intended to be killed by police" (58).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"In co-operation between the entity ministries of health and UNFPA, resource packages have been developed to support victims of gender-based violence and victims who survived conflict related sexual violence in the health sector in FBiH and RS. In 2017 the Inter-Religious Council of BIH adopted the Declaration to suppress the stigma against the persons who survived Conflict Related Sexual Violence in BiH, signed by representatives of all religious communities in BiH, urging the citizens, local communities and public institutions not to discriminate, deny, suppress or stigmatize persons who survived conflict related sexual violence" (13).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"There were reports of forced marriages of women and girls for sexual slavery among Da’esh fighters" (para 9). "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
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. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Further, the Constitution provides immunity to the military and Government officials for any misdeeds, including conflict-related sexual violence, in office and ensures that all military matters are to be decided solely by the military" (page 2). "Violence against women is committed by both public and private actors and the military and police are perpetrators of sexual violence against women not only in areas of active conflict but also in non-conflict zones . . . In only the nine months from July 2015 to April 2016, approximately 40 villages reported almost 300 cases, including domestic violence cases, non-state actor violence, and state-sponsored sexual violence cases" (page 20). "In a troubling trend,...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Da’esh reportedly detained children in schools, prisons, and airports and separated girls above the age of 12 from their families to sell them in Da’esh-controlled areas for sexual slavery" (para 109). "UNAMI reported that by year’s end Da’esh held approximately 3,500 persons in slavery, predominantly women and children from the Yezidi community, as well as other ethnic and religious minorities from the Sinjar District of Ninewa Governorate. On June 25, according to UNAMI, Da’esh moved 42 Yezidi women to Mayadeen, Deir ez Zor Governorate in eastern Syria, and sold them to Da’esh fighters for amounts ranging from 553,180 dinars to 2.2 million dinars ($500 to $2,000) each" (para 110). "The...more
July 21, 2018, 5:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

" Malikzada's is only the latest in the contemporary history of assassinations of Afghan women for their work. In September 2008, Malalai Kakar was shot by two unknown gunmen on the way to her work in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Her teenage son was seriously injured. She was perhaps the most prominent female police officer, and she was known for standing up for victims of gender-based violence. After her murder, A Taliban spokesman took credit for the job with pride. Malalai Kakar, Benafsha, Hanifa Safi, Safia Ahmed-jan, Zakia Zaki and Shaima Rezayi are only a few of the dozens of women have been killed under the watch of the internationally backed government...more
July 16, 2018, 4:02 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, GEW-DATA-1

"The Committee notes with concern the absence of specific mechanisms within the justice system aimed at providing reparations and compensation to women who suffered sexual violence and other violations of their human rights during the de facto regime in the State party from 1973 to 1985. It also notes the absence of processes aimed at establishing the truth about violations of women’s human rights during that period" (page 8).
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
Dec. 22, 2017, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Algerian women’s struggles go back to the revolutionary war of 1954-1962. In 1956, Algerian women participated in a series of terror bomb attacks launched by a nationalist guerrilla network" (para 5) (Coder comment: women were used because they would draw less suspicion from the colonialists, despite the fact that they were untrained in combat and not necessarily part of the rebel army). "French colonialist propaganda, which claimed to want to 'emancipate' Muslim women, but which was also intended to counter Algeria’s nationalist struggle during 1957-1959. Indeed, the colonial authorities’ campaign of unveiling Muslim women led to the showcasing of 'emancipated women' to promote French ideals" (para 9-10).
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"All of this [conflict between Russia and the North Caucusus] has shaped women’s experiences and roles – as victims, providers of security and perpetrators of violence – not just in Chechnya but also in the neighbouring republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan"(para 3)."Women carried a special burden on their shoulders during the republic’s two wars. Men fought on both sides, and for those who didn’t, it was dangerous to move through the republic’s numerous checkpoints. They could be arrested, abducted, tortured or killed. Women became the main breadwinners, took care of children, cleared away debris and repaired damaged houses. They negotiated with the military, and when men were abducted by security...more
Sept. 9, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Such concerns also reveal the motives behind making some 500 Kurdish women undergo intensive training in the northern city of Sulaimaniyah in August 2014, in preparation for any future battles. In addition, women’s participation in the fight against IS is a response to the group’s ability to recruit women and use them in its fights, media events and for logistical support, even though IS’ extremist ideologies state that women should be housewives and mothers. In addition, IS considers 9-year-old girls to be of 'legal age' to marry IS fighters. IS uses women in 'sexual jihad' as a means to attract new members, given how this is legitimate from a religious...more
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"[Despite several reports by girls from the Central African Republic and investigations by the UN] Brigadier Karemire, the Ugandan military spokesman, said the Ugandan investigations were finished. He said that no cases of rape or statutory rape were registered here in the Central African Republic, and that there was no plan to support any children left behind. All Ugandan forces will be gone from the Central African Republic within a few weeks" (p 45)
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Uganda’s penal code does prohibit abandoning and failing to support children. But Ms. Animbou [who was in a relationship with a Ugandan soldier who promised to support her and their child] said she never went to the Ugandan base or the local authorities to report the soldier. ‘They don’t want to talk about this, even with the authorities,’ said Mr. Daba, adding that some women were threatened by Ugandan soldiers. ‘The U.P.D.F. said they will do something bad to them — kill them or something else’" (p 36-37). While this specific case seems consensual, it is not difficult to conclude that rape victims would also be afraid to approach the...more
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"‘Several women and girls reported they had been taken from their villages by U.P.D.F. members and forced to become prostitutes or sex slaves, or to marry Ugandan soldiers,’ the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission wrote in a letter to Ugandan authorities last June, using the initials of the Ugandan People’s Defense Force, the Ugandan military...The Ugandan military denies all such allegations of sexual violence and abuse. ‘Our soldiers did not get involved in such unprofessional behavior,’ said a military spokesman, Brig. Richard Karemire. ‘We don’t have one’ case. Similarly, the American Special Operations forces partnering with the Ugandans in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army denied any...more
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, GP-DATA-4, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"President Kabila appointed a presidential advisor on sexual violence and child recruitment in July 2014. She raised awareness of the problems of sexual violence throughout the country and encouraged efforts to remove child soldiers from the SSF" (12).
Jan. 18, 2017, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The government did not recruit or use child soldiers, but Boko Haram utilized child soldiers, including girls, in their attacks on civilian and military targets. Human rights organizations and some residents of the Far North Region reported that during attacks on their communities, children were often put in the first row of the fighting and killed before more experienced fighters came from behind" (34).
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is further concerned that the compensation of war widows and women victims of conflict-related sexual violence continues to be delayed for lack of funds" (12)
Nov. 30, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"First they killed her husband. Then, the South Sudanese woman said, government soldiers tied her to a tree and forced her to watch as at least 10 of them raped her 15-year-old daughter" (Para 1). "The mother’s account to United Nations investigators of the rape of her daughter was among many stories cited by the United Nations as evidence that government forces and affiliated militias had used sexual violence systematically to punish and terrorize civilians. Opposition forces also committed atrocities, but to a lesser degree, the United Nations said. 'This is one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world, with massive use of rape as an instrument...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect that has taken over large stretches of territory in the country’s northeast, has long targeted women, rounding them up as it captures towns and villages. Women and girls have been given to Boko Haram fighters for 'marriage,' a euphemism for the sexual violence that occurs even when unions are cloaked in religion.Now, dozens of newly freed women and girls, many of them pregnant and battered, are showing up at a sprawling camp for the displaced here outside the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, as Nigerian soldiers and other military forces try to push Boko Haram out of nearby territory it has occupied for much of...more