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Latest items for IIP-PRACTICE-2

June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"On March 12, a graduate student from Periyar University in Tamil Nadu state was apprehended by police while distributing pamphlets in support of continuing protests against government oil exploration projects at Neduvasal in Pudukottai District and Kadiramangalam in Thanjavur District. Police invoked a provision of the Goondas Act, which allows preventive detention of a habitual offender for up to one year without the possibility of bail. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who also holds the home portfolio, defended the student’s detention, saying that she 'was causing disturbances to the public by taking part in various protests'" (19). "Online and mobile harassment, particularly of female journalists, was prevalent, with some female...more
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment remained a common problem. No statutes prohibit sexual harassment, but authorities may prosecute violent harassment under assault statutes. The VAPP criminalizes stalking, with terms of imprisonment of up to two years, a maximum fine of 500,000 naira ($2,500), or both. It does not explicitly criminalize sexual harassment, which it legally defines as physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature, based on sex or gender, which is persistent or serious and demeans, humiliates, or creates a hostile or intimidating environment. The act criminalizes emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse and acts of intimidation" (Pg 34-35).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is a crime punishable by prison sentences of three to six months and fines of 10,000 to 100,000 CFA francs ($17 to $173). If the violator is in a position of authority over the victim, the prison sentence is three months to one year and the fine is increased to 20,000 to 200,000 CFA francs ($35 to $347). Sexual harassment was common. Courts enforced applicable laws in the small percentage of cases reported" (Pg 17).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"It remained difficult for victims to file a sexual harassment complaint and for judges to reach a ruling on such cases. Many women remained unwilling to report incidents of sexual harassment, believing that the justice system was ineffectual, according to official media. Several prominent media reports of sexual harassment went viral on social media, helping to raise awareness of the problem, particularly in the workplace" (53). "Some women’s NGOs that sought to increase public awareness of sexual harassment reported harassment by public security and faced challenges executing their programs. In May police searched the houses of feminists suspected of printing clothing with antisexual harassment slogans. In September 2016 women’s rights...more
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"According to the Center for Women’s Rights, sexual harassment of women occurred often, but few women reported it. Public awareness of the problem remained low. Victims hesitated to report harassment due to fear of employer reprisals and a lack of information about legal remedies" (Pg 25).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"No laws specifically prohibit sexual harassment, although the penal code criminalizes 'shameful' or 'immoral' acts. Authorities, however, rarely enforced the law...Sexual harassment in the streets was a major problem for women. A 2010 report by the Athar Foundation for Development, the most recent data available to date, found that 98.8 percent of women faced sexual harassment in the streets" (36-37).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"As of July local human rights NGO Licadho cited at least 38 arbitrary arrests, mostly of women participating in the 'Black Monday' campaign, which began as a protest of the government’s detention of five current and former employees of ADHOC, but which the government claimed was intended to incite a 'color revolution'--the government’s term for a mass movement in opposition to its rule. Two of the 38 arrests resulted in formal charges and conviction. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and ADHOC recorded 35 arbitrary arrests of 21 different persons from May 2016 to March. The actual number of arbitrary arrests and detentions was likely higher because some victims...more
May 11, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"These were some of the chants heard in the town of Moreno, Buenos Aires, where thousands gathered Saturday (8/4) to protest the femicide of Micaela Garcia, who herself was an activist against sexist violence. The 21-year-old Argentine had been missing for a week after she had attended a nightclub in nearby Gualeguay. Her naked body was found Saturday morning in a rural area with signs of having been strangled. Her suspected killer, Sebastian Wagner, arrested the same day, is a serial rapist with previous charges of rape against him. While his original sentencing was to be imprisoned for those instances of rape until at least 2020, when he was convicted...more
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"No PA law specifically relates to sexual harassment, which was a significant and widespread problem in the West Bank and Gaza. Some women claimed that when they reported harassment, authorities held them responsible for provoking men’s harassing behavior. Authorities in Gaza harassed women for 'un-Islamic' behavior, including being in public after dark and walking with an unrelated man" (104). "Local officials sometimes advised such women to leave their communities to avoid harassment" (105).
May 4, 2019, 3:36 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs stated there was a lack of awareness and consensus within society of what constituted inappropriate behavior, making it difficult to gauge the extent of the problem" (p. 14).
April 29, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women participated in expressing their opinions in many protests including; dozens of female and male students of the Technical Nursing Institute who organized a protest in front of the General Directorate of Sharqiya governorate as an objection against the decision of preventing them to obtain the title of their position 'Nurse'. Also, Dozens mothers participated in a protest in front of Nasser Institute Hospital as an objection against increasing the price of infant milk and it is not existed in the markets. Additionally, the Egyptian Company of Medicines trade refused to provide infant milk at low cost" (8). "This comes in addition to 2.49 million women experiencing sexual harassment in...more
April 27, 2019, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee commends the State party for the efforts being made to address gender-based violence, but remains concerned about: (a) The high prevalence of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence and stalking, as evidenced by the statistics provided by the State party (3,173 assaults against women in 2011, compared with 948 against men)" (9).
April 25, 2019, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In Abu Dhabi and Al Ain cities, there are pink taxis driven by women to carry women, children younger than 10 years old and families. You can call 600-535-353 to book a taxi in Abu Dhabi. In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, front seats on the public buses are reserved for women. In the emirate of Dubai, there are pink taxis driven by women to carry women and families. You can book a taxi in Dubai by calling 04-2080808. In Dubai, front seats on the public buses are reserved for women. Some cabins on the public metro and trams are reserved for women. In Sharjah too, special taxis for women...more
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"As part of a project to support women’s community initiatives to support reconciliation and peace in Côte d’Ivoire, funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund during the period 2014–2015, six women-friendly spaces were created in the west of Côte d’Ivoire" (22).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The law addresses sexual harassment in the context of physical contact between men and women and prohibits physical contact between unrelated men and women. There was no reliable data on the extent of sexual harassment, but women and human rights observers reported that sexual harassment was the norm in many workplaces. There were no known government efforts to address this problem" (34).
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In 2016 the Association for Victim Support received reports of 79 cases of sexual harassment" (p. 11).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"On September 14, during a march against gender-based violence, male police officers arrested protester Beatrice Mateyo and charged her with 'insulting the modesty of a woman' for carrying a placard deemed offensive. Released on bail, she was awaiting trial at year’s end" (para 55).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Sexual harassment was not limited to the workplace. According to a 2013 China Youth Daily survey, approximately 14 percent of women had been sexually harassed while riding the subway, and 82 percent of those polled believed the problem existed. According to information on the ACWF website, the internet and hotlines made it easier for women who were sexually harassed to obtain useful information and legal service . . . While the ACWF and universities worked to improve awareness on sexual harassment by offering seminars and classes, NGOs that sought to increase public awareness on sexual harassment came under increasing scrutiny. This scrutiny was best exemplified by the March arrest of...more
March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"There were reports during the year of domestic violence against women and children, sexual harassment of women, anti-Semitism, abuse and inhuman treatment of institutionalized persons with mental disabilities, social exclusion and discrimination against Roma, verbal abuse and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and trafficking in persons" (1-2).
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Despite the 1946 Law on Equality of the Sexes, defectors reported the populace generally accepted sexual harassment of women due to patriarchal traditions, and reported there was little recourse for women who had been harassed" (19).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The law criminalizes harassment and persecution ofwomen. Women who walked outside alone or who worked outside the home often experienced harassment, including groping and being followed. Women with public roles occasionally received threats directed at them or their families" (27).
March 6, 2019, 6:01 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In September a poll by the city of Buenos Aires ombudsman’s office reported that 80 percent of women suffered from harassment or violence in the street at least once during the year, and that 97 percent of these abuses were not reported to authorities" (p. 15).
Feb. 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Also, police patrols (both motorized and on foot) have been stepped up at times and places at which unlawful acts against the integrity of the person, especially involving women, are statistically known to take place. The requirement of strict implementation of daily assignments is constantly reiterated (in writing) to all policing units in the jurisdiction. The plans concerning confiscation of unlicensed firearms and enforcement of the 'Dry Act' (legislation on the sale and consumption of alcohol) are put into operation every weekend. The Joint Operations Division of the National Civil Police has implemented various working plans to reduce the rate of offences against the physical integrity of the person, in...more
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In March the Mahilyou State University administration expelled Alena Kisel after she was fined 345 rubles ($180) for participating in unauthorized protests in the city" (20-21).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The law does not prohibit sexual harassment, which routinely occurred, including in schools, without any governmental efforts to prevent it" (page 21). "Girls’ enrollment was lower than that of boys at all levels due to poverty, cultural preference to educate boys, early marriage of girls, and sexual harassment of girls" (page 22).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women and girls can suffer extreme online abuse, from unacceptable comments about their appearance and views, to intimate pictures shared without their consent, even rape and death threats" (12).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Nevertheless, it notes with concern: (d) The large number of reported cases of sexual harassment of women in public places and on public transportation" (6).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The increasingly repressive measures, attacks, sexual violence, harassment, intimidation, reprisals and defamation campaigns against women human rights defenders, especially in contexts of land development projects, advocacy for environmental protection and the defence of the human rights of women from indigenous communities and from communities of African descent" (9).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"'I have witnessed, on multiple occasions, male passengers inappropriately touching and leaning on small girls,' said Varuni Manel*, a 23-year-old study participant. 'Bus conductors also unnecessarily touch small children when getting on to the bus'" (para 3). "Women reported experiencing a wide range of mistreatment on public transport, including leering, verbal abuse and unwelcome advances, but the majority of harassment was physical" (para 5). "Seventy-four per cent of women and girls reported they had been deliberately touched. Sixty per cent reported their personal space had been invaded, and 52 per cent said the offender’s genitals were rubbed against their bodies. Ninety-seven per cent said the perpetrators were male.Women in the...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The high rate of sexual harassment experienced by women and girls in all settings" (pg. 8). "Owing to restrictions on freedom of movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Palestinian women and girls continue to be subjected to harassment at checkpoints and by settlers on their way to and from school and work" (pg. 9).