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Feb. 21, 2019, 8:18 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Samira is the only one of some 20 women involved in the incident who has taken the matter to court. None of the other women has returned to the square." (para 22)
Feb. 17, 2019, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"But now one of Afghanistan's top sports officials has admitted that female footballers - who defied hard-liners and militants by daring to take to the field in the first place - have been sexually abused. And it's not only football - he admitted the problem extends to other sports too. Most women athletes are too frightened to speak publicly about alleged abuse by coaches and sporting officials" (para 2-3). "It's the first formal acknowledgement that persistent allegations made by former members of the women's national football team of rampant abuse by male coaches and others in positions of power may be credible" (para 11). "Speaking to the BBC from Denmark,...more
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"There’s a dominant idea among my clients that husbands are allowed to have sex with their wife when they want to and women should not say no. Many come to us not identifying that they have been raped. They have been led to believe that their husband has the rights to their body." ( para. 16). " There’s no one overriding ‘sharia’, there are many interpretations and many different religious schools; Sunni, Shia and many more. The woman’s family and community will only accept decisions from the religious school they follow." (para. 24). " The vast majority of my clients have experienced marital rape. Religious arbitrators regularly tell them it’s...more
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape and Domestic Violence: The law prohibits rape, but there is no provision criminalizing spousal rape. Police and the judicial system did not effectively enforce the law" (para 54).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The case against a soldier who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in August 2014 remained open. The military released the suspect in September 2014, and at year’s end had not responded to requests by the civilian prosecutor to produce the suspect for trial. Despite the military’s lack of cooperation, the prosecutor continued to pursue the case" (page 4).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included . . . rape of and domestic violence against women and girls; female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); human trafficking; societal discrimination against black Tuaregs, who were subjected to slavery-related practices; discrimination based on sexual orientation; and discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS and albinism. Authorities often disregarded workers’ rights, and exploitative labor, including child labor, was common" (page 1). "Primarily before the peace accord went into effect on June 20, elements within the Platform--including the Imghad Tuareg and Allies Self Defense Group (GATIA)-- and separatist armed groups--including the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA), the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA), and...more
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"The law criminalizes rape. While the government effectively enforced the law, its interpretation by religious courts precluded full implementation of civil law in all provinces. Rape and domestic violence were underreported. The minimum prison sentence for a person convicted of rape is five years, or seven years for raping a minor. According to the penal code, the state would not prosecute a rapist and would nullify his conviction if the rapist married his victim. The law does not criminalize spousal rape. According to the domestic NGO KAFA (Enough Violence and Exploitation), 80 percent of domestic-violence victims the NGO assisted suffered spousal rape" (Pg 27).
Feb. 7, 2019, 7:20 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Finland has moved to change its laws on sexual assault and automatically classify sex with a child and sex without consent as rape… It would also enshrine the need for consent ahead of sexual intercourse in law" (para.1 - 3). "In around 25 percent of these cases (sexual abuse of girls), the suspect was of a foreign background - considerably higher than the proportion of foreign-born people in the population at large, which is around seven percent" (para. 6). "'Nationals of Iraq, Afghanistan and Estonia are the largest foreign-background groups by number (in these statistics),' Pekka Heikkinen from the Finnish National Police Board said" (para. 17).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. Rape convictions carry a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. When informed, police and the judiciary generally enforced the law promptly and effectively; nevertheless, sexual assault and rape were commonplace" (Pg 16).
Feb. 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal, but as in previous years, the government failed to enforce the law effectively and rape cases were underreported. Penalties for conviction of sexual assault range from three to eight years’ imprisonment. Prosecutors rarely brought rape cases to court. Statistics on the number of cases or convictions during the year were not available. Police generally regarded spousal rape as an administrative offense" (Pg 23-24).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

" Rape is illegal, but the government did not enforce the law effectively, and rape remained a serious and pervasive problem" (Pg 14).
Feb. 4, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape remained a problem, and there were no specific government rape prevention activities. During the first seven months of the year, prosecutors initiated 125 criminal cases of rape, a 23 percent decrease from 2014. Of these cases authorities dismissed 21 cases and forwarded 35 to the courts for trial; the rest of the cases remained under investigation or awaited an indictment. According to NGOs many rapes were unreported due to social stigma and a lengthy and often corrupt judicial process. The NGO La Strada noted that victims did not report rapes due to possible derogatory treatment based on past cases when perpetrators bribed police, prosecutors, and judges for a favorable...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"From January to November, the National Police’s disciplinary tribunal discharged 15 police officers involved in a variety of criminal activities, including homicide, drug trafficking, robbery, rape, kidnapping, arms trafficking, dereliction of duty, and insubordination. Several human rights NGOs and the media reported incidents of police involvement in homicides, rape, arms and narcotics trafficking, car theft, robbery, extortion, and kidnapping, with such abuses particularly widespread in Ciudad del Este and other locations on the border with Brazil" (page 8). "According to the Attorney General’s Office, rape continued to be a significant and pervasive problem. The government generally prosecuted rape allegations and sometimes obtained convictions; however, many rapes went unreported due to...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual violence is almost exclusively a male on female crime. Over the same period, 98 per cent of sexual assault offenders were males, while 88 per cent of the victims were females" (para 13).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the continuing process of reforming the Criminal Code. It regrets, however, the persistently high levels of domestic violence, especially against girls. It is equally concerned about the increasing incidence of gender-based violence against women, including the high prevalence of sexual violence, abduction, disappearance and murder, as well as femicide" (6). "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). "The Committee is further concerned about the high rates...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"It welcomes the recent amendment to extend free legal aid to victims of sexual offences by providing an exemption from the economic eligibility test required under the Legal Aid Law" (pg. 4).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns" (para 1). "Shock and outrage followed when the medical charity Doctors Without Borders announced that 125 women and girls had been raped, whipped and clubbed over 10 days last month in a dramatic spike in sexual violence [...] They were attacked as they made the long walk to a food distribution site in Bentiu, in Unity state" (para 3). "Rape has been used widely as a weapon in South Sudan. Even after a...more
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic and gender-based violence figures remain worryingly high. Older men preying on younger women are cutting down our young people through disease and an eroding of social values. Women continue to be victimized through sexual crimes" (Para 22).
Jan. 10, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"There have been demonstrations protesting attacks against women in Turkey, but not on behalf of Mutlu Kaya. Last month, there were nationwide protests for a young woman studying at a school far from home, allegedly murdered by a minibus driver during an attempted rape" (para 5).
Jan. 10, 2019, 6:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany

"Her comments also came as German social media buzzed following the arrests of two asylum seekers in five days in connection with three sexual assaults, including the brutal rape and murder of a 19-year old medical student in the picturesque southern city of Freiburg. Right-wing politicians are openly blaming Merkel’s policy for what they decry as a migrant-fueled crime wave" (para 5). "Merkel’s government is under renewed pressure following the arrests by local police in two German states of a 31-year-old Iraqi and a 17-year-old Afghan. The 17-year-old is the prime suspect in the rape and murder of the German medical student. The Iraqi, married with two children, has been...more
Jan. 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'One of the main weaknesses of this draft is that word, consent,' she told the BBC.'What does that mean? We're talking about children here. So if the rapist negotiates with the family, if he bribes or threatens the family, the family can easily withdraw, you know, their complaint and they can say OK there was a consent and there was no force involved'" (para 21-22).
Jan. 8, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"The United Nations has found the custom makes women and girls more susceptible to diarrhea, pneumonia and respiratory diseases. They are more vulnerable to rape and abuse when isolated in sheds, and there is an increased risk of infant and maternal death when mother and baby are banished to a shed after birth" (para 16).
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"'[Article 522] provides that in the event of a regular marriage between the perpetrator of a rape and his victim, all proceedings against him shall be suspended and, if conviction is pronounced, the execution of the sentence shall also be suspended. We consider that this article is a violation of human rights and questions women's and girls' rights to dignity. Through this campaign, we want the repeal of Article 522, to emphasize that rape is a crime and as such must be punished, and to insist on the fact that it is the right of every woman to refuse to marry her rapist and that it is necessary to put...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Although prohibited by law, rape, including spousal rape, remained a serious problem. The government generally enforced the law against rape . . . An Amnesty International report cited several reasons for underreporting and lack of prosecution for rape and sexual assault, including evidentiary standards that place a high burden on the victim, lack of trust in police and the judicial system, and an inadequate legal definition of sexual assault" (page 16).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included . . . lack of adequate enforcement of laws on rape and domestic violence, although the government passed a law during the year designed to deter violence against women and criminalize previously uncovered acts" (page 1).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The litany of sexually abusive traditions here include sending girls bound for marriage away to camps for 'kusasa fumbi' - which means cleansing. Reportedly at these sexual initiation camps , the girls are taught 'how to please men' by performing titillating dances and sex acts. Some 'graduate' only by having sex with the teacher. Others return home untouched, only to be preyed on by a local 'hyena' - men hired by parents to take their girls' virginity, or by prospective husbands to impregnate them" (para 17-18). "Some traditions promote sexual abuse within the family. If a girl's aunt or older sister falls sick, she can be sent to look after...more
Dec. 13, 2018, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A Spanish court on Wednesday upheld a controversial ruling that cleared five men of gang-raping an 18-year-old woman during Pamplona's famous San Fermin bull-running festival back in 2016" (para 1). "The state prosecutor had originally asked for sentences of more than 20 years each for rape, which in Spain requires a plaintiff to present evidence of specific violence, such as being threatened with a knife or dealt physical blows. But due to a technicality under Spanish law - which demands specific physical evidence to be present - the men could not be convicted of rape, even though the court ruling agreed that the five had assaulted the woman in the...more
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In a news conference in May and a book published in October, she said the police had obtained hotel security camera footage that appeared to show Mr. Yamaguchi propping her up, unconscious, as they walked through the hotel lobby. The police also located and interviewed their taxi driver, who confirmed that she had passed out. Investigators told her they were going to arrest Mr. Yamaguchi, she said — but then suddenly backed off. Elsewhere, her allegations might have caused an uproar. But here in Japan, they attracted only a smattering of attention. As the United States reckons with an outpouring of sexual misconduct cases that have shaken Capitol Hill, Hollywood,...more
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina

"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 recourse many victims have avoided because it requires them to reveal their identities" (para 7).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"On April 2, female police constable Halima Begum of Gouripur Police Station in Mymensingh committed suicide after her alleged rape by Sub-Inspector (SI) Mizanul Islam of the same police station. Halima’s diary, which included an entry about her rape by SI Islam, contained also a written complaint to the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Gouripur Police Station against SI Islam regarding the rape, which the OC did not accept when she submitted it. After Halima’s suicide, police arrested SI Islam" (25).