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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-3

Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

"Violence against women, including so-called honor killings, remained a significant problem, and child marriage persisted. The government did not effectively protect women, children, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) persons from abuse, discrimination, and violence" (page 3).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"In Karen, Kachin and Chin states, women victims of rape or sexual harassment are expelled from their village on the assumption that the village must be “cleansed” of the victims" (page 7).
Nov. 7, 2018, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"A bill which would allow men accused of raping underage girls to be cleared if they marry the girl has been preliminarily backed by Turkish MPs. The bill would pardon men only if they had sex without "force or threat" and if they married the victim" (para. 1 - 2).
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Both Sufan and the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) warned that families may still coerce women and girls who become pregnant to marry the men because of barriers to getting birth certificates for children born out of wedlock and the criminalization of abortion" (para 7). "Randa Siniora, director of WCLAC, warned that families may still try to force women and girls to marry their alleged rapists or men with whom they have had extramarital sex 'unless the authorities provide safe, legal abortions and the registration of children born outside of wedlock'" (para 23). "The head of one shelter for victims of violence said they advised a 22-year-old...more
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The unavailability of justice is why we see victims attempting public self-immolation" (para 1).
Sept. 14, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-3

"In the past, a victim's family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed" (para 2). This quote is referring to the self-declared republic of Somaliland, not Somalia (KYK-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"A woman who was forced to marry her rapist when she was 11 has helped inspire the Florida Senate pass a bill that would end child marriage in the state" (para 1). "Johnson was raped at age 8 by a church bishop in Tampa...Later, her mother's husband and a church deacon, Alfonsa Tolbert, did the same....her mother at first did not believe her and insisted she was lying...when she became pregnant by Tolbert and needed to leave elementary school to give birth, her mother could no longer deny what had happened. After she gave birth, her mother - pressured by the church - took her to a courthouse to marry...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Kahtera speaking to reports according to subtitles says: 'If the court fails to carry out the sentence me and my children will be at risk, my fathers family will hunt us down'" (2:52). While it is not indicated whether this action is legal or not, it appears that the society is aware that there is danger of a women being killed for speaking out about abuse (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In April the high court of Zurich confirmed the six-year prison sentence of a 51-year-old Kurdish man who incited his former brother-in-law to kill his sister, the man’s ex-wife, and her new partner in an honor killing" (16).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned about: . . . (b) Reported cases of girls who have been raped or harassed being forced to marry their perpetrators in the name of preserving so-called family 'honour'; . . . The Committee, drawing attention to joint general recommendation No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women/general comment No. 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices (2014), recommends that the State party: . . . (b) Take the measures, including awareness-raising efforts and legal amendments, necessary to ensure that no victim of rape or harassment is forced into marriage with the perpetrator" (page 8).more
May 1, 2018, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Morocco overhauled its law [absolving rapists of punishment if they agree to marry their victim] in 2014 following the suicide of a 16-year-old girl and the attempted suicide of a 15-year-old, both of whom were forced to marry their rapists" (para 5).
May 1, 2018, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Women are often forced to marry their rapist to protect family honor and avoid societal shame" (para 9).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned about violence against women resulting from the criminalization of consensual sexual relations between adults outside marriage, under article 356 of the Penal Code, as well as the use of that article to criminalize women in prostitution and women who are victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse. The Committee is concerned that, in all those cases, women face harsh sentences, such as prison sentences, torture and the death penalty, including inhuman, cruel or degrading punishment in the form of stoning or flogging, and that hundreds of women in the State party are reportedly serving sentences after being convicted of having had sexual intercourse outside of marriage...more
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee is gravely concerned at the State party’s restrictive interpretation of sharia law and at the adverse impact on women’s human rights of the recently adopted Sharia Penal Code Order 2013, which, under its third phase of implementation, will impose the death penalty by stoning for several 'crimes', in particular adultery and extramarital relations ( zina). While noting that the same penalties apply to women and men, the Committee is seriously concerned that women are disproportionately affected by punishment for 'crimes' involving sex, and are at a higher risk of being convicted of adultery and extramarital relations, owing to discriminatory investigative policies and provisions on the weighing of evidence....more
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"One night, while Sabiha, a 32-year-old woman, was working late at her medical laboratory job, the security guard - a relative of hers - raped her. As if that wasn’t traumatic enough, her family and community pressured her into marrying her rapist to remove the stigma they believe her rape placed on her family’s 'honor'...rather than a criminal attack on Sabiha, the rape was seen as an attack on the family’s reputation, which they felt could only be lessened by marrying her off" (para 2).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"A voice message from her father finally convinced Nour that her ordeal was over. She remembers the fierce joy of that moment, but also the fear that replaced it as she sped away from Isis territory. Now that she had won the battle to survive, she faced the looming question of whether she would ever really be able to go home; under Yazidi religious law, the women seized and raped by Isis should be evicted from their faith and permanently ostracised from their communities. The Yazidi faith is theologically diverse, with strands of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism. It is strictly closed, so a child must be born a Yazidi to...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"A voice message from her father finally convinced Nour that her ordeal was over. She remembers the fierce joy of that moment, but also the fear that replaced it as she sped away from Isis territory. Now that she had won the battle to survive, she faced the looming question of whether she would ever really be able to go home; under Yazidi religious law, the women seized and raped by Isis should be evicted from their faith and permanently ostracised from their communities. The Yazidi faith is theologically diverse, with strands of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism. It is strictly closed, so a child must be born a Yazidi to...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Collaboration between government agencies has been strengthened and attention has been drawn to the risk of violence in particularly vulnerable situations such as exposure to honour-related violence and oppression, violence against women with disabilities and women substance abusers" (page 11-12). "Since the start of the century the Government has taken a range of measures to counter honour-related violence and oppression as well as child marriages and forced marriages. Much of the work on various measures builds on cooperation between county administrative boards, municipalities and civil society organisations. Several agencies have had commissions to chart the prevalence of honour-related violence and oppression. In 2008 the former National Board for Youth Affairs...more
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The Committee notes the information concerning the legal reform being carried out in the State party. Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the continued existence of articles 97 to 99, 308 and 340 of the Criminal Code, which exempt rapists from criminal liability if they marry the victim for at least five years, and provide for reduced sentences in certain circumstances for perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 9).
Jan. 24, 2018, 7:03 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

“The Jordanian parliament voted on Tuesday to abolish a provision in the penal code that allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims - a move that is being hailed as ‘historic’ by activists and locals” (p 1)
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating-so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says that her family attended a conservative Pentecostal church and that many girls of a similar age...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

At 15:53 of the video the narrator says "The night before we met Brishti, she was molested by the man living in the room next to hers. The neighbours blamed her for the attack. She had to leave the compound that morning.The problem on that day was that man called me, so I went to him, but I never thought that he had that in mind. That was the problem, then neighbors saw that and got suspicious. That’s when aunty brought me here and let me stay at her house" (ENB-Coder Comment). At 16:29 of the video a woman interviewed says "Boys in Dhaka, they harass girls more, if they...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Some women lost everything, and now cannot work or go to the market because of pain and sickness from the rape. They told me they are too traumatized to sleep at night and think every day about killing themselves. Their husbands beat them and blame them for the rapes or have chased them away. And some struggle daily to raise children born from the rapes" (para 13).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"On Twitter, hundreds of critical tweets poured in under the hashtags #BosanmaKomisyonu (Divorce Commission) and #DevletTecavuzcuyleEvlendiriyor (State Forces Marriage with Rapists)" (para 2) (Coder comment: this is a reaction to the provisions in the divorce commission absolving perpetrators of guilt if they marry their rape victims - ARR). "This is the most mind-boggling section of the report. It establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors. So if these minors are engaged in sex with adults and if they decide to get married then there will be no charge of pedophilia. Rather, the marriage will be observed for five...more
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The shelters also offer safety to women at risk of so-called honor killings, or of being sold into marriage to repay debts, a still-common practice" (2).
Nov. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The father’s the man who wanted to marry me after he raped me" (para 6). "'But it is difficult to stem the phenomenon, says the coordinator of the Liège platform on forced marriages and honor-related violence. 'I have very very few victims who will file a complaint, or expect anything from the law.' she points out. 'There are virtually no figures for forced marriages and honor-related violence because people don’t file complaints. They are afraid to hurt their families, they are afraid of having their parents sent to prison, to be responsible for the financial collapse of their families, to see their brother or sister put in foster care,' says...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, MARR-LAW-1

"Under sustained pressure from Arab women’s groups, Lebanon has followed in the footsteps of Jordan and other Arab countries in repealing a law that gives rapists amnesty from prosecution if they marry their victims" (p 1)
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says that her family attended a conservative Pentecostal church and that other girls of a...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)
Oct. 11, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The Joint Action Group on Gender Equality, a coalition of Malaysian non-governmental organisations, has raised particular concern about situations in which rape victims have been forced to marry the rapist or another man to hush up the crime" (para 19).