The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

April 22, 2019, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"October the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced a policeman to six months in jail for raping his fiancee. The defendant argued that he considered the two married at the time of the offense" (p. 23).
April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government enforced the law effectively, including applying its provisions in cases involving rape of men" (11).
April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-3

"The law requires the Attorney General’s Office to prosecute rape cases whether or not the victim presses charges, and the law does not permit the victim to withdraw the criminal charge" (p. 23).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

[Hong Kong] "The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and police enforced the law effectively. Through June police received 41 allegations of rape and 504 of indecent assault" (page 113). "[Hong Kong] The law mandates protection for victims of child abuse (battery, assault, neglect, abandonment, and sexual exploitation), and the government enforced the law. The law allows for the prosecution of certain sexual offenses, including against minors, committed outside the territory of the SAR" (page 114). "[Macau] The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape and domestic violence, and the government effectively enforced the law" (page 134).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Many teachers have been punished for rape or indecent assault of underage students from primary and secondary schools in various locations" (28). "As for judicial prosecution of rape, data collected by the Human Rights Division indicates that investigations were initiated and files opened in 1,021 cases, or 90 per cent of all the cases that it documented" (18). "The project for the restoration of the rights of women victims of sexual violence during the post-electoral period (2012–2014) was carried out under the supervision of the Ministry of Solidarity, the Family, Women and Children. Medical experts and lawyers helped to compile the case files of 67 women who were victims of...more
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A Plan International study cited the testimony of public officials who reported that in many cases sexual aggressors compensated violence with payment or exchange of animals, but in some cases victims were forced to marry the aggressors" (p. 24).
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that, in some cases, victims waited 10 days or more for a response from the Prosecutor’s Office. The law requires public hospitals to provide 'first reception halls' to handle cases of sexual violence and domestic violence. The specialized halls--under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and staffed by physicians, psychologists, and social workers--offer immediate attention to the victim" (p. 23).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The government effectively enforced rape laws" (36).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1

"Rape is illegal and subject to strict penalties, including death, but it remained a problem" (33).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Activists continued to complain that the burden of proof in rape cases was too heavy and discouraged victims from reporting acts of rape and authorities from prosecuting them. The government did not respond formally to these concerns" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally enforced the law when the victim chose to press charges and the cases were not settled out of court through mediation" (p. 10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government did not provide sufficient resources to enforce laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse" (11).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Female inmates experienced sexual harassment and assault on a regular basis, mostly by other incarcerated persons, and some were forced to pay antirape extortion fees. While observers noted that violence against women reportedly was rampant, they reported a culture of silence that suppressed reporting of genderbased violence for fear of reprisal" (p. 5).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally enforced the law when individuals reported cases… According to diplomatic observers, police investigations resulted in few rape convictions" (13).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"According to NGOs, many law enforcement personnel and prosecutors did not consider spousal or acquaintance rape a priority and did not encourage reporting or prosecuting such cases. NGOs reported that local police officers sometimes refused to respond to rape or domestic violence calls unless the victim’s life was directly threatened" (46). "According to Human Rights Watch, in December 2016 three men attacked and forced a transgender woman from Uzbekistan into a car where they gang-raped her. The perpetrators filmed it and extorted money from her by threatening to publish the video. In May a court in Murmansk found the men guilty of extortion with the use of violence and sentenced...more
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included...lack of investigation and enforcement involving cases of violence against women, including rape" (para 3). "The government generally enforced the law effectively, and convicted rapists routinely received prison sentences" (para 81). "Data on the prevalence of rape or spousal rape, prosecutions, and convictions were unavailable; however, press reporting of rape and defilement arrests and convictions were an almost daily occurrence" (para 82). "Although the maximum penalty for conviction of rape is death or life imprisonment, the courts generally imposed fixed prison sentences" (para 82). "Police regularly investigated cases of rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence but did not normally intervene in domestic disputes" (para...more
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape is illegal, and some persons convicted of rape were executed. . . . Migrant female workers were particularly vulnerable to sexual violence" (page 50-51).
March 25, 2019, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

In July supporters of former representative Morais Waylee threatened to kill a reporter, Bettie Johnson-Mbayo, in response to her coverage of Waylee’s alleged rape and impregnation of a 13-year-old girl (14). "For example, one transgender woman reported being attacked in her apartment by five men who robbed, bound, beat, and raped her. One of the attackers then threatened to kill all transgender individuals in the country. The victim did not report the crime to police. LGBTI persons rarely reported rapes to police due to fear and social stigma surrounding both sexual orientation and rape" (29).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial killings by police; police abuse, harassment, and intimidation of detainees and others; arbitrary arrest and detention; press harassment; official corruption; lack of accountability in cases of violence against women and children, including rape, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct; and trafficking in persons" (1). "At least one police officer was convicted of rape of a person seeking police protection" (2). "In July supporters of former representative Morais Waylee threatened to kill a reporter, Bettie Johnson-Mbayo, in response to her coverage of Waylee’s alleged rape and impregnation of a 13-year-old girl" (14). "Of 121 SGBV cases submitted...more
March 22, 2019, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law effectively" (8).
March 22, 2019, 8:48 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The RCMP, Ontario and Quebec provincial police services, and various municipal police forces announced reviews of their handling of sexual assault allegations. This review followed an investigative media report analyzing 870 police jurisdictions between 2010 and 2014 that found police dismissed complaints of sexual assault as “unfounded” without laying charges at an average national rate of 19 percent, with reported rates as high as 60 percent in some jurisdictions. The government’s Family Violence Initiative involved 15 federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations, including Status of Women Canada, Health Canada, and Justice Canada. These entities worked with civil society organizations to eliminate violence against women and advance women’s human rights. In...more
March 22, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"According to the government’s statistical agency, indigenous women were three times more likely than nonindigenous women to experience violent abuse and, according to the RCMP, were four times more likely to be victims of homicide" (p. 9).
March 22, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

" Although the criminal code does not define specific domestic violence offenses, an abuser can be charged with an applicable offense, such as assault, aggravated assault, intimidation, mischief, or sexual assault. Persons convicted of assault receive up to five years in prison" (p. 9).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Numerous human rights organizations reported other forms of torture, including forcing objects into the rectum and vagina…" (para 22). "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...more
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The courts tried numerous cases of rape during the year, and the government generally enforced court sentences providing between five and 45 years’ imprisonment for those convicted. Factors hampering rape prosecutions included limited police capacity and the withdrawal of allegations by victims after the filing of charges. Victims often withdrew charges because they received compensation from the accused; succumbed to family pressure, shame, or threats; or became discouraged at the length of time involved in prosecuting a case" (9).
March 19, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Officials may temporarily deny abusers access to the household without a court order, put them under a restraining order, or in severe cases prosecute them for assault or rape and require them to pay damages" (p. 17).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities effectively investigated and prosecuted rape, although in some cases victims dropped charges against perpetrators after reaching a financial settlement with the alleged perpetrator" (17).
March 18, 2019, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The minimum age of consent is 15 but prosecutors still have to prove sex was non-consensual to prove rape" (p. 19).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Police selectively investigated cases; among the minority brought to trial, successful prosecutions were rare . . . Courts had “victims of abuse cells” that brought together prosecutors, lawyers, judges, women’s NGO representatives, and hospital personnel to review domestic and child abuse cases to provide for the best interests of women or children, according to proper procedure" (page 27-28).
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The prosecution and police authorities have noted the influence of pornography in abuse cases, resulting, for example, in a significant increase, by 60 per cent in 2016, in reported rape cases in which the alleged perpetrator is a child" (6). ". The Committee, however, remains concerned about: (a) The high level of gender-based violence against women in the State party, especially domestic and sexual violence, including rape" (7).