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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence and rape cases are not reconcilable under The Crimes Decree and Criminal Procedure Decree. The misuse of cultural practices such as bulubulu (traditional reconciliation practices) to force reconciliation has been eradicated by training in gender competence of police officers, prosecutors, judges and magistrates. This means that the traditional practice of reconciliation and forgiveness ceremony cannot be forced onto victims of rape or domestic violence cases. The judiciary has received intensive training to ensure that reconciliation which is forced on to victims of sexual offences is not used to persuade the court to impose non-custodial sentences. The police have a no-drop policy which means that police officer have no ...more
April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"While noting the existence of a specific law prohibiting violence against women (Organic Law No. 1/2004) and the development by the Ministry of the Interior of a system to monitor cases of gender-based violence (Sistema VioGén), the Committee is alarmed by the prevalence in the State party of violence against women, including sexual violence, and by the high percentage of women who have died as a result of a gender-based violence in close relationships. It is particularly concerned about the following issues:(a) Organic Law No. 1/2004 does not cover the full range of gender-based violence outside of intimate partner violence...(c) Deterioration of protective services for women who are victims of ...more
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"the persistence of violence, in particular sexual violence and abuse, in schools and school dormitories, which results in a high number of teenage pregnancies" (Pg 8).
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"low number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators" (Pg 5). This is referring to perptrators of violence against women (EJ-Coder Comment).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes Law No. 83/2015, aimed at implementing provisions of the Istanbul Convention, but remains concerned that, despite the improvements, the legislation of the State party is not fully in compliance with the provisions of the Istanbul Convention, given that it does not cover all forms of non-consensual sexual acts. The Committee is also concerned about the lack of crisis centres and emergency services for victims of rape, as well as the absence of standard protocols for hospital staff and police officers on gender-sensitive ways to deal with victims of rape. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that marital rape is rarely prosecuted as a specific crime, in most cases ...more
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The low number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions in cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse" (5). "The inadequate training for judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police officers and health and social workers on the strict application of the legislation criminalizing violence against women and on gender-sensitive treatment of victims" (6). This inadequate training could lead to lower levels of enforcement for rape and sexual assault laws (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned: (a) That there is no legislation specifically criminalizing violence against women, in particular child and/or forced marriage and marital rape, and that there is no comprehensive policy framework to address such violence; (b) That gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere is not considered by courts in child custody or visitation decisions, thus forcing women to continue to face their abusers, and risking further exposing their children to violence; (c) That domestic and sexual violence appear to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity; (d) That cases of violence against women continue to be underreported, owing to an apparent lack ...more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The prevalence of forms of violence against women, including physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence, in the State party and the lack of a strategy to prevent violence against women" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The low conviction rates for acts of sexual and gender-based violence" (8).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

"The Committee commends the State party for achieving gender parity in enrolment in primary education and for setting up a trust fund for girls’ education, but remains concerned about: . . . (f) Reports of frequent cases of sexual harassment of girls in schools by peers and teachers; . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (f) Adopt policies that address sexual abuse and harassment in school and ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and adequately punished" (page 8).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"However, it expresses its serious concern at the prevalence of sexual violence against women and girls, including rape, by all actors in the armed conflict, including by post-demobilization armed groups. It is concerned at the significant underreporting of cases and at the widespread impunity with respect to the investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls, which contribute to the victims’ lack of confidence in the State response" (Pg 5).
March 16, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"this week that a police officer was acquitted of rape charges after the alleged victim was found to have men’s telephone numbers and pictures on her phone" (para 4).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the measures adopted to address violence against women, including the adoption of the above-mentioned Law No. 99-05 of 29 January 1999 and of Ministerial Decree No. 10545 of 10 December 2008 establishing a review committee on violence against women. The Committee also welcomes the establishment of listening centres for women who are victims of violence. It remains concerned, however, about: (a) The increase in the rate of sexual violence against women, including rape; (b) The persistence of domestic violence and the limited number of cases of domestic violence reported owing to women’s fear of reporting them because of the potential consequences for their family life, as well ...more
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is deeply concerned, however, at the lack of sanctions against and the persistent impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of those forms of sexual violence" (5). "The Committee remains concerned, however at: (a) The persisting high prevalence of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual violence, rape and sexual harassment, as well as the limited number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions in such cases" (8).
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about the: . . . (b) Widespread cases of abuse of and sexual violence against girls in schools by teachers and when travelling to and from school; (c) Limited provision of age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health and rights education in schools owing to cultural resistance because sex education is considered taboo; . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (b) Adopt measures to prevent and eliminate all abuse of and sexual violence against girls in schools and ensure that perpetrators are adequately punished; . . . (e) Integrate age-appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights into school curricula, ...more
March 8, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A survey by U.N. Women, a United Nations agency for the empowerment of women, carried out in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, and in some neighboring cities found that 41 percent of the men surveyed believe that financial support justifies marital rape" (para 10). "Concern about sexual violence gained momentum in August, when horrific video footage circulated online of boys on a bus ripping the clothes off a girl and groping her breasts, among other abuse. Neither the passengers nor the bus driver intervened. The driver was later fired for not stopping the assault. The boys, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested. The girl's parents said she may need long-term ...more
March 7, 2018, 9:52 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

The Atenco case and the Cottonfields case: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) informed Mexico this year of its decision to send the 'Mariana Selvas Gomez and others' case to the Inter-American Human Rights Court so that the suitability of means of compensation could be considered under inter-American standards. The state of Mexico recognized in 2013 its responsibility and has made every effort possible to guarantee justice, penalize those responsible, adopt means of compensation and structural means to avoid the repetition of such acts. There are more than 30 people detained and awaiting penal prosecution. The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico (PGJEM) according to ...more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Coahuila, the State of Mexico, Morelos, Nuevo León and Oaxaca have strategies for re-educating aggressors" (page 12). "78% of the federal entities are preventing domestic violence, 53% femicide, 47% torture and 38% kidnappings; 91% of the federal entities have records subject to trial for violence against women: 84% for willful homicide against women, 72% for harassment and sexual assault and 66% for femicide" (page 17).
March 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government bans gender discrimination but does not define what it is. Those who complain risk getting punished. As a result, women who have been sexually harassed rarely file police reports. Offenders are almost never brought to justice" (para 7).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"One recent late afternoon, one of these groups emerged, solemn and silent, shivering slightly as their headscarves, wet from the sacred pool, caught the evening breeze. All were survivors of Islamic State’s slave markets, where women are bought and sold. Inside the cave, they had prayed, washed their heads and faces, and been born again into the faith of their childhood" (Para 3). "Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"One recent late afternoon, one of these groups emerged, solemn and silent, shivering slightly as their headscarves, wet from the sacred pool, caught the evening breeze. All were survivors of Islamic State’s slave markets, where women are bought and sold. Inside the cave, they had prayed, washed their heads and faces, and been born again into the faith of their childhood" (Para 3). "Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para ...more
Feb. 21, 2018, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Media activist Abdullah al-Malla Syrian press agency ARA News: 'The four women were most likely exposed to sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS militants before being driven out of their homes and transferred to the Sharia Court. 'Apparently, the victims had been raped by ISIS jihadis and then stoned to death on charges of committing adultery" (para 11-12).
Feb. 8, 2018, 8:29 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

" 'It is difficult for us to convince the Syrian woman that what she has experienced is violence and to push forward with taking legal action against a man who has abused her,” said a woman who works for Kafa and asked not to be named. “She’s afraid. She’s taught that she has to obey her husband. The culture is the most dangerous thing for a Syrian woman in war. She doesn’t have the right to defend herself' " (para 31).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"women with intellectual and mental disabilities belong to special risk groups, particularly with regard to sexual abuse. The Council makes concrete proposals for crime prevention measures such as greater transparency in relationships between care recipients and carers, increased knowledge in the justice system about disabilities and guidelines for what care professionals should do if they suspect that a care recipient has been subjected to violence" (page 15-16). "The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority has been given a commission to further develop and implement a training programme aimed at staff in the police, the Swedish Prosecution Authority and the courts system in 2011-2014. Lawyers who are members of the ...more
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee draws attention to the link between women’s low status within the family and society, their lower educational attainment, higher rates of poverty, and the high levels of gender-based violence perpetrated against them, in particular, sexual and domestic violence. It remains concerned that such violence appears to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity and that victims have limited means of assistance, protection or redress," (5). "The Committee [...] recommends that the State party [...] ensure the effective implementation of Law No. 061 2015 CNT such that all allegations of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence, are effectively investigated, prosecuted and adequately punished ...more
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law effectively" (14).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The low prosecution and conviction rates and the lenient penalties imposed on perpetrators of gender-based violence against women" (Pg 8).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape is illegal, although the government did not always enforce the law effectively" (34). "Police showed reluctance to investigate abuse cases, and rules of evidence made prosecution of child abuse difficult" (39).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the persistence of discriminatory stereotypes about the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, the intersecting forms of discrimination and the deep-rooted machismo culture in the State party, which underpin discrimination and gender-based violence against women, including sexual and domestic violence" (6-7).
Jan. 20, 2018, 4 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"According to Vella, the Sicilian prosecutor, violence against Nigerian prostitutes is rarely investigated, because 'the tendency, here in Italy, has been to not look at criminal organizations as long as they’re committing crimes only against non-Italians.' One consequence, he said, is that Nigerian gangs have spent at least fifteen years 'collecting vast sums of money, arming themselves,' and exploiting underage girls with impunity" (para 115).