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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-2

Dec. 1, 2018, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Of the women who reported experiencing rape in the Cabinet Office survey, more than two-thirds said they had never told anyone, not even a friend or family member. And barely 4 percent said they had gone to the police" (para 17). "Many Japanese women who have been assaulted 'blame themselves, saying, ‘Oh, it’s probably my fault,’' said Tamie Kaino, a professor emeritus of gender studies at Ochanomizu University. Hisako Tanabe, a rape counselor at the Sexual Assault Relief Center in Tokyo, said that even women who call their hotline and are advised to go to the police often refuse, because they do not expect the police to believe them. 'They...more
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"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-2

"According to human rights monitors, many victims did not report rapes due to lack of access to legal services, social stigma, or fear of further harassment and the legal requirement to furnish witnesses" (25).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The law calls for establishing several care centers, with financial and management autonomy, but implementation lagged due to inadequate staffing and financial resources" (10). "The government attempted to reduce sexual abuse and violence against children through several programs such as Dial a Complaint, the Children’s Emergency Program, Project Our House, Welcome Centers for Street Children, Project Safe Space, Project Substitute Family, and the creation during 2014 of five ICCA offices. ICCA services, however, were not permanently present on every island, and ICCA employees struggled to meet the needs of the local populations" (11-12).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In collaboration with civil society, the state of Mexico established the country’s first “gender alert” system to collect information to support investigations of gender-based violence. At the national level, there were 72 shelters, of which 34 were operated by civil society organizations, four by private welfare institutions, and 34 by public institutions" (para. 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In collaboration with civil society, the state of Mexico established the country’s first “gender alert” system to collect information to support investigations of gender-based violence. At the national level, there were 72 shelters, of which 34 were operated by civil society organizations, four by private welfare institutions, and 34 by public institutions" (para. 19).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for the establishment of prevention-of-violence and monitoring centers to offer economic, psychological, legal, and social assistance. As of December 2015, Ministry of Family and Social Policies (MOFSP) reported there were 135 women’s shelters run by the government (100) or civil society (four) and local administrations (31) and 40 in-take centers (SONIMs) operated by the ministry. The shelters had a capacity of at least 3,375. The MOFSP reported that municipality shelters in the first four months of the year served 804 women and 494 children. Purple Roof alleged that the SONIMs and shelters were insufficient in number and quality of services provided. Purple Roof alleged the SONIMs had...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"While the Government asserts that there is no gender discrimination, the lack of gender-sensitivity among justice personnel at both national and village levels hinders reporting of sexual violence. The State Report references capacity-building trainings to the police force, judicial personnel, social workers, and health personnel, yet provides little information about implementation on a national scale, or regarding the substance, duration, or frequency of these trainings. In fact, most justice personnel have had little to no training on how to deal with victims of sexual violence. . . . Victims are often poor and without economic power. Cases are generally expensive, especially when corruption plays a part. Victims do not have...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"On top of that, there are questions about whether a parental conviction is the best outcome for the victims. Both Gonato and the paediatrician who treated the children, Naomi Navarro-Poca, believe it is in the children’s interests to be reunited with their parents and live at home rather than in a shelter" (para 45).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The low numbers of cases of violence against women that are reported before the authorities because women are fearful of retaliation measures and do not trust the authorities" (5). "The Committee recommends that the State Party: ... e) Take measures to improve support services for women and girls victims of violence, including by guaranteeing their access to established care centres and shelters; and also by ensuring that education professionals, health-care providers and social workers are fully familiar with the Mexican Official Standard NOM-046-SSA2-2005 for the prevention of violence against women and treatment of victims, and are sensitized to all forms of violence against women and are fully capable of assisting...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"A section of the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor helped to provide access to justice for victims of crime. The section provided free legal assistance for victims of all crimes, with a special focus on victims of domestic violence, trafficking in persons, child abuse, and rape" (para 53). "EULEX [the EU's Rule-of-Law Mission] noted that courts often applied penalties more lenient than the legal minimum in rape cases, particularly in cases involving minors. EULEX found that courts rarely took steps to protect victims and witnesses and did not close hearings to the public as the law requires" (para 108). "The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare included a unit...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned about the lack of an independent complaint mechanism for women’s human rights violations and about women’s non-awareness of their rights" (4).
Nov. 7, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Most recently, on April 5th, El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence and Torture—one of the only clinics in Egypt providing critical services to survivors of violence and torture—was raided by security forces for the second time in two months" (para. 9).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"News reports indicated a 47-percent decline in reports to authorities of sex offenses during the year; according to the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, the majority of rape victims did not report the crime to authorities due to social and cultural pressure. Women from certain Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, Bedouin, and Druze communities faced significant social pressure not to report rape or domestic abuse. In collaboration with the chair of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality, Aida Touma Suliman, Minister of Religious Affairs David Azulay announced an initiative to train and empower ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) women to talk about problems of sexual abuse and domestic...more
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:17 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Bajoria urged authorities to focus on supporting and protecting victims of sexual assault to ensure they are able to report crimes and receive justice without facing stigma and harassment" (para 18).
Oct. 27, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Mrs Chata allowed the pregnancy to go ahead, fearing her granddaughter could die from blood loss if she had an abortion" (para 37-38).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The government-run Ginddi Center provided shelter to women and girls who were victims of rape or early marriage, and to street children" (page 14).
Oct. 24, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Unless violence itself is enacted as a matter of public show, it rarely is reported. For example, reports include instances of honour killing, acid attacks and physical abuse in the form of murder or even attempted murder — all forms of violence extreme and brutal. Women rarely step out of their homes to point fingers at their own families. The guilt that women are socialised to associate with being an ‘inferior gender’ legitimises violence that most victims of abuse are then subjected to. When it comes to reporting abuse, sometimes suicide is resorted to as the best alternative to speaking out" (para 6 - 7). "Moreover, there are a limited...more
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"A woman or man found making a false accusation of rape is subject to 80 lashes" (para 148)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, although the legal definition of rape covers only forced penetration of sexual organs, and filing a case requires corroboration and a witness" (para 144)
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"While acknowledging the State party’s efforts to respect its obligations under the Convention, the Committee is concerned at the exacerbation of violence against women in certain areas in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, since the conflict broke out.1 It is concerned that, notwithstanding the underreporting of cases of sexual violence as a result of stigma and fear of reprisals, among other reasons, there is evidence of many cases of sexual violence in the conflict-affected areas" (Pg 5). "That there is a lack of measures to provide timely and comprehensive assistance to survivors of...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Rape continued to be underreported due to fear of stigma, retribution, and further violence" (para 100)
Oct. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Brisa de Angulo was raped repeatedly as a teenager by an adult member of her own family. When she finally mastered the courage to seek help and report the sexual assault, she said her family tried to silence her. 'I was intimidated and blamed by the authorities, my community, and my extended family,' she recalled. 'My extended family tried to silence me in order to maintain the prestige of the family and to prevent other instances of incestuous sexual violence from coming to light, she told Al Jazeera" (para 1-2). "Currently, the Justice Minister Virginia Velasco and the Magistrate Council are introducing a new method for fighting violence against women:...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Due to social stigma and societal and often familial retribution against both the victim and perpetrator, victims of sexual crimes did not usually report it to authorities or pursue legal remedies. International organizations reported that family-imposed movement restrictions, cultural norms, or stigmatization prohibited or discouraged female victims of sexual crimes from accessing psychosocial support services. Local NGOs in IDP camps in the IKR reported that some Ministry of Health professionals were unwilling to treat sexual assault survivors due to cultural norms, and if they did give care, it was inadequate due to capacity limitations in the health-care sector" (para 234). "In the IKR, three labor ministry-operated women’s shelters provided some...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The women I spoke with reported feeling too ashamed to confide in their doctors. Often they are treated for emergency medical services in makeshift tents, without privacy or confidentiality to report rape" (para 4).
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The women I spoke with reported feeling too ashamed to confide in their doctors. Often they are treated for emergency medical services in makeshift tents, without privacy or confidentiality to report rape" (para 4).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The National Committee for Human Rights has worked to establish the unit to receive complaints, including women’s complaints in general and the complaints of domestic workers who are subjected to violence. The unit sees to it that justice is done for women and ensures the rehabilitation of women, including foreign workers" (Pg 14).
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women and girls abused by members of the security forces and vigilante groups... told Human Rights Watch they feel powerless and fear retaliation if they report the abuse. A 17-year-old girl said that just over a year after she fled the frequent Boko Haram attacks in Dikwa, a town 56 miles west of Maiduguri, a policeman approached her for “friendship” in the camp, and then he raped her. 'One day he demanded to have sex with me,' she said. 'I refused but he forced me. It happened just that one time, but soon I realized I was pregnant. When I informed him about my condition, he threatened to shoot and...more
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In recent years, in gang rapes, the rapists have been filming the act, and have later been threatening the victim with dissemination of the video if he or she dares to report the crime. As there is no specific law to force websites to take down videos, and there is a lack of political will, victims are usually silenced, bowing to the demands of the rapists" (para 2). "Gang rape victims, such as the Kasoor gang rape victims, find themselves isolated and hapless; they are treated like outcasts despite being victims of the worst form of abuse" (para 4). "Three men raped her and filmed the crime. The victim is...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs believed most cases remained unreported due to fear of reprisals, losing custody of children, lack of economic independence, insensitivity of police in dealing with victims, absence of regulation in media concerning victims’ privacy, the stigma of being a victim, and low conviction rates" (18). "To streamline the process of reporting abuse against women and children, there were family and children’s centers on every atoll. According to the HRCM, these centers also provided services for neglected children, support for families unable to take of their children, and women with mental illness or disabilities. The Ministry of Law and Gender reported the need to establish residential facilities at family and children’s...more