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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

March 31, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Legal gaps and lack of political will continue to mar accountability for sexual violence, especially for victims from minority communities. A statute of limitations of one year on rape and sexual violence allegations prevents many cases from being brought to justice" (para 13). "Despite numerous protests, the government failed to adopt policies to protect and provide justice for women and girls, especially those from minority communities, who faced rape and sexual violence. Instead, numerous cases are mishandled by authorities, including that of a 15-year-old Dalit girl from Mahottari, in southeast Nepal, whose rape and murder at the end on 2018 the police refused to register during 2019" (para 14). "Crimes,...more
March 13, 2021, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Appeals stalled in the case of the Terrain hotel attack on the outskirts of Juba, in which soldiers raped and sexually assaulted at least five aid workers and murdered a journalist in July 2016" (para 26).
March 13, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Internally displaced women and girls remain at particular risk of sexual and gender-based violence by armed men and civilians" (para 15).
March 13, 2021, 5:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Ten years after security forces massacred over 150 peaceful opposition supporters, and raped dozens of women, at a stadium on September 28, 2009, those responsible have not been tried" (para 11).
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the continuing prevalence of violence against women and girls, including domestic and sexual violence, and about the low prosecution and conviction rates of sexual violence cases" (9).
Feb. 26, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1, LRW-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1

“In Tanzania, growing numbers of young girls in early adolescence (12–13 years old) migrate to the cities. They move seeking education or work, but also in many cases to escape abusive family relations and forced marriage. This is a group particularly at risk: research in Tanzania shows that for one-fifth of them, the first sexual encounter is forced, and ‘sexual abuse is so prevalent that it is hardly even noticed or is treated as 'normal'. The corollary to this is the high incidence of HIV/AIDS. In Tanzania, infection rates are 12 and 9.6 per cent for females and males in urban areas, against 5.8 and 6.7 per cent in rural...more
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Along with three of the other attackers, Singh is now appealing against his death sentence. In 16 hours of interviews, Singh showed no remorse and kept expressing bewilderment that such a fuss was being made about this rape, when everyone was at it. ‘A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,’ he said. ‘Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good.’ People ‘had a right to teach them a lesson’ he suggested - and he said the woman...more
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The five per cent conviction rate for rape has been reported in other studies in Pakistan. As a comparison, the conviction rate for rape in neighbouring India is around 26 per cent. In a written statement to the Parliament, the Minister of State for Home Affairs revealed that 24,206 rape cases were registered in 2011 and 5,724 were convicted" (para 20).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Under the Hudood Ordinance, the Courts require four “adult male” eyewitnesses to rape. When a female victim fails to produce four male eyewitnesses, she is then charged under Tazeer for fornication. If the woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape, the rapist/s gets a walk, while the woman is charged with fornication using pregnancy as a proof" (para 7). "A study of 74 cases of rape or attempted rape registered at the Shadman female police station in Lahore during 1995 and 2008 reveal the ugly consequences of inadequate legal frameworks in Pakistan... In the 13-year period , only five per cent accused were convicted of the crime" (para 18)....more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:49 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The French writer Gabriel Matzneff never hid the fact that he engaged in sex with girls and boys in their early teens or even younger. He wrote countless books detailing his insatiable pursuits and appeared on television boasting about them. 'Under 16 Years Old,' was the title of an early book that left no ambiguity. Still, he never spent a day in jail for his actions or suffered any repercussion" (para 1-2).
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

“Those who make it home - some with stories of being raped by multiple men or being sold from one house to another - rarely go to the police, as immediate relatives are usually complicit” (para 28).
Feb. 15, 2021, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1

"Engaging in sexual relations with minors is illegal in Egypt. Brokers can help with that too, forging birth certificates or substituting the identity card of the girl’s older sister" (para 11).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

“Yazgül Yılmaz v. Turkey (1 February 2011): In this case the applicant complained that, at the age of 16, she was sexually harassed while in police detention. She was given a gynaecological examination – unaccompanied and without her or her guardian’s consent – to verify whether her hymen had been broken. After being acquitted and released, she suffered from post-traumatic stress and depression. Her allegations of assault in custody were largely corroborated by subsequent medical examinations. No disciplinary proceedings were brought against the prison doctors concerned. The Court noted that that the law at that time did not provide the necessary safeguards concerning examinations of female detainees and that additional...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“W. v. Slovenia (no. 24125/06) (23 January 2014): This case concerned criminal proceedings against a group of men who had raped the applicant in April 1990, when she was 18 years old. The applicant complained in particular that the long delays in the criminal proceedings had been in breach of the State’s obligation to effectively prosecute the criminal offences committed against her. While she was awarded compensation at national level for the distress she suffered as a result of the lengthy proceedings, she considered that the amount of 5,000 euros paid to her could not be regarded as sufficient redress. The Court held that there had been a procedural violation...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:02 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Maslova and Nalbandov v. Russia (24 January 2008): The applicant, who had been called in for questioning at her local police station, was coerced by police officers into confessing to involvement in a murder. One police officer put thumb cuffs on her, beat her, raped her and then forced her to perform oral sex. Subsequently he and another officer repeatedly hit her in the stomach, put a gas mask over her face, blocking the air to suffocate her, and ran electricity through wires attached to her earrings. When allowed to go to the lavatory, she tried to cut the veins of her wrists. Three prosecution officers, after interrogating her at...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

“E.B. v. Romania (no. 49089/10) (19 March 2019 (Committee judgment)): The applicant complained that the Romanian authorities had failed to investigate her allegation of rape properly and had breached their duty to provide effective legal protection against sexual abuse. She submitted tha[t] the authorities had also failed to protect her as a victim of crime as she had not had legal assistance or counselling and had been exposed to trauma which had violated her personal integrity during the criminal proceedings. The Court held that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“In October 2018, authorities hanged a child rapist in an infamous case in Kasur, near Lahore, that sparked nationwide protests” (para 9).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“A Barcelona court acquitted five men accused of gang-raping a 14-year-old girl yesterday after ruling that the defendants ‘were able to commit sexual acts without using any type of violence or intimidation’” (para 1). “The men, who were initially charged in Spain with the crime of sexual assault, were instead convicted of the lesser crime of sexual abuse of a minor, and sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison” (para 3). “Two of the men were given the longer prison sentence of 12 years, after the court ruled that they were guilty of the additional crime of continuous sexual abuse, while two defendants were cleared of the sexual...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Women fear they will be blamed for assaults, and admitting rape may affect a girl's ability to marry. Usually, few women come forward at all, and even fewer seek medical care after an attack. 'If they have not killed you, you just come back and you don't report to anyone,' Anne says. 'You cannot tell anybody, even your family. It's just our culture. We Nuer, we cannot talk about rape. It can bring fighting. You stay quiet'" (para 18-19). "'There's no rule of law, soldiers are not in the barracks, they're just roaming around doing whatever they want,' a senior UN official in the Bentiu base told the Monitor. 'It's...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The authorities have since arrested all four suspects and suspended three police officers as criminal investigations proceed" (para 2). "This is one of several recent incidents in which Pakistani police – the very people who should be tackling rape and protecting the public – have been accused of committing sexual violence. In April 2019, an assistant sub-inspector of police was charged with raping a woman in Bahawalpur district, Punjab. The woman had earlier gone to the police station to report that she had been gang raped, but says that the official later called her back to the station claiming he needed to record her statement, and then raped her. In...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 12:36 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'We're scared because we don't know how long this is going to last,' she said. 'It's bad everywhere, but Mexico is at the top of the list, and it's because we live in a country where we have 98 percent impunity ... we have killers and rapists walking all around us'" (para 6).
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“The Committee regrets the systematic and widespread acts of violence specifically targeting Rohingya women and girls during the military security “clearance operations”, which followed the 25 August 2017 attacks on border posts in northern Rakhine State and led to the mass displacements of over 745,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. It notes that the sexual violence against women and girls included rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, mutilation and sexual assault and in some cases the victims were subsequently killed” (pp. 2). “The Committee notes that, in recent decades, Rohingya women and girls have been victims of at least four incidences of mass violence, with widespread killings, arrests, torture,...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The new Director of Public Prosecutions today defended the fall in the number of rape charges to its lowest level in a decade. High-ranking barrister Max Hill QC has claimed the 23 per cent drop was down to prosecutors attempting to raise the 'quality' of cases brought to trial" (para 1-2). "The revelations prompted a review of every live rape and serious sexual assault prosecution in England and Wales, which found issues with the disclosure of unused material in 47 cases. A Justice Committee report concluded the CPS may have underestimated the number of cases stopped because of disclosure errors by 90 per cent" (para 13-14).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned, however, about the: (a) Stark increase in violent crimes against women, especially rape and abduction, and the high number of cases of rape reported by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2012, indicating an increase by 902.1 per cent since 1971, and continuing impunity for such acts...Escalation of caste-based violence, including rape, against women and girls and the downplaying by key State officials of the grave criminal nature of sexual violence against women and girls" (3). "The Committee urges the State party...To put in place an effective system to monitor and evaluate the implementation, effectiveness and impact of legislation to combat sexual violence...To allocate sufficient resources...more
Jan. 30, 2021, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"It is of note that the woman, in the aftermath of the rape, was found by a police officer. The police officer in question brought the woman to a police station however due to it being the public holiday of Eid Al Fitr failed to file a formal complaint. The Attorney General, following the woman’s arrest, has since blocked the woman from filing a complaint of rape as she was under investigation for a criminal offence. There is no legal guidance on whether a person under a criminal investigation can raise criminal complaints and the Attorney General has arbitrarily interpreted this legal void in a way that the perpetrators have...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'I said, it's not like you were raped, and also you did nothing wrong so live with confidence, I just spoke pragmatically, but my daughter was asking about the humiliation,' he explained" (para 16).
Jan. 27, 2021, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“In December 2019 American media organisation National Public Radio interviewed activists and experts about why rape is such an issue in India. Altamash Khan is an instructor that works with colleges on how to prevent sexual violence and works with nonprofit Men Against Violence and Abuse in Mumbai. He told NPR he thinks sexual violence would be reduced if 'we can chip away at age-old patriarchal values' and look at 'the spectrum of violence' including things like catcalling” (para. 20-22).
Jan. 26, 2021, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“The survey [conducted by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety of 17,500 Australians aged 16 and over] found. . . [that] one in three thinks ‘rape results from men not being able to control their need for sex’” (para 5). “Almost half (42 per cent) of respondents agreed it is ‘common for sexual assault accusations to be used as a way of getting back at men’” (para 7). “One in five also agreed that ‘since women are so sexual in public, it's not surprising that some men think they can touch women without their permission’” (para 9). “She is also concerned about the discrepancy between many Australians’ knowledge and...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Kay Martin, 49, had suffered at least 12 incidents of domestic abuse in the last seven years and had most recently made a complaint of rape and domestic assault against husband Alan” (para. 30). “Officers from Northumbria Police returned Alan Martin's keys to their home after they questioned him about the alleged rape” (para. 31).
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Egyptian women and girls who for decades have endured sexual harassment and abuse in silence are now raising their voices en masse to demand justice and reform of Egypt's sexual harassment laws” (para. 1). “Defying the stigma associated with sexual violence, thousands of Egyptian women and girls are joining a rising call for harassers and rapists to be held accountable for their misdeeds. The Arabic hashtags "Listen to the voice of Egyptian women" and "Where is justice for Egyptian women" have gone viral on Egyptian social media platforms after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape surfaced against a purported “serial harasser” named Ahmed Bassam Zaki” (para. 2). “In...more