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Jan. 10, 2018, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The case of Rosana Galliano’s children was the main catalyst for a law passed by Congress on May 31, which strips parents who kill, injure or sexually abuse their partners of parental rights" (para 5). "The Argentine Congress followed suit in 2012, stipulating life in prison for men guilty of murders involving gender-based violence. Up to then, murders resulting from domestic violence were treated as manslaughter, punishable with a maximum of 25 years in prison" (para 10-11). "Meanwhile, Congress did not stop with the parental responsibility law. The same day it was passed, the Senate gave preliminary approval to two other bills focused on gender-based violence. One of them establishes ...more
Jan. 4, 2018, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The first data came from the most populated county, the state of Mexico, which surrounds Mexico City, where 840 women were killed between 2011 and 2013. It is unclear how these crimes are classified. and only 145 were investigated as feminicides, (6)". "Between 2011 and 2014, the rate of feminicides increased five times, and between 2013 and 2015 6488 women were killed. In 2016, 3,000 women were been killed between January and mid-October, of which 1,185 have been identified as feminicides. In Mexico, a country of 120 million inhabitants, 77% of feminicides are not prosecuted, with a large proportion of bodies never identified,(7)". "Community organisations and victim’s families have challenged ...more
Jan. 4, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"An average of 2 women are killed every day and only 2% of femicides are prosecuted, (9)". "Despite having achieved the Law against Femicide and other forms of Violence Against Women, the legacy of the civil war of the 60s has been pervasive. The country has a weak democracy and a corrupt government, which has produced a culture where there is limited accountability of state authorities, which results in impunity for those who kill women, (10)".
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law against gender violence stipulates stiff penalties for harassment and both physical and emotional abuse and provides for prison terms of up to 30 years for murder. The law criminalizes domestic abuse and family violence with prison terms of two to four years and makes domestic violence an aggravating circumstance in homicide cases"(16)
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"Italy has struggled to combat violence against women for decades. In 1981, Italy formally outlawed reduced sentences for "honor" killings. Before that, a man who killed his spouse, daughter or sister after "discovering her in illegitimate carnal relations" would receive a reduced sentence of three to seven years" (para 8).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Although the Indian Parliament passed a strong anti-rape law while also making human trafficking, acid attacks and stalking stringently punishable, it hasn’t translated into diminishing crimes against women" (para 9). While there is a law in place against acid attacks, the article does not indicate that it includes any specialized penalities (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Aggarwal has joined hands with an organization called Stop Acid Attacks to assist other victims of such attacks and also fight for their rights in local courts" (para 18). If this group is having to advocate for acid victims' rights in courts, there must be problems with the current laws/system but the article does not describe these ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Despite intense outrage and public protests within the country and throughout the international community, the Mexican federal government has taken little decisive action in investigating the murders and preventing future ones. The state government of Chihuahua, in which Ciudad Juárez is located, has reportedly bungled investigations, and has even been implicated in covering up and/or playing a role in the feminicides. Crime scenes and investigations are often manipulated. In many cases, surviving family members have discovered that Juárez police are equally as responsible for these murders. Approximately 80% of documented murder cases have been corrupted through poorly conducted police and forensic investigation, false and/or forced confessions and the impotence of ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Using EVAW to prosecute the murderers of Farkhunda will legitimize the law which is often attacked by religious clerics under the pretext of being “un-Islamic" (para 16).
Dec. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Due to the increased violence, high-ranking chiefs in northern Ghana have drawn up a legal document to protect those accused of witchcraft" (para 9).
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Till the writing of this article, the much publicised law against honour killings promising to make the crime non-compoundable has not been presented in the National Assembly" (para 3). Non-compoundable laws refer to laws in which the complainant cannot enter into a crompromise with the accused and drop the charges (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-2, DSFMF-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Some proposed amendments to the penal code would make matters worse for women, including a change to the penal code which would extend the possibility for reduced sentences for murder and assault to any family member who catches a family member engaged in illicit sexual intercourse (such as adultery). The government should repeal such provisions"(3-4)
Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Instead, her [Zeenat Rafiq] mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled, 'I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,' the mother’s sister told Agence France-Presse at the time. Authorities arrested the mother and later Rafiq’s brother, Anees Rafiq, and charged them in the young woman’s death. The mother confessed almost immediately, telling police, 'I have no regrets,' according to the Associated Press.On Monday, Bibi was sentenced to death and Anees Rafiq to life in prison for ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"He said he was not aware of any research done so far by the government [on acid attacks], but that David Cameron, the prime minister, urged judges last fall to get tough on perpetrators to stamp out the 'hideous' crime and introduce stricter control on acid sales" (para 20).
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"the country has strengthened its legislative framework and enacted a law in January to impose sentences of 12 to 50 years in jail to perpetrators of [acid] crimes" (para 10).
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Cambodia adopted a law against acid violence to criminalize and penalize perpetrators. A year after it was passed in 2012, the country also passed regulations governing the sale and use of concentrated acid" (para 13).
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Bangladesh was the first country to pass a law banning acid violence, in 2002" (para 3). "The new law in Bangladesh imposes the death penalty for perpetrators of acid violence" (para 5).
June 8, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Two Kurdish German men accused of helping to kill their sister in 2005 because of her Western lifestyle were acquitted Tuesday in a Turkish court, in the latest failed attempt to prosecute them in a case that became a benchmark for cultural tensions between Turkey and Germany. The sister, Hatun Surucu, 23, was killed at a Berlin bus stop when her youngest brother [who was imprisoned for 9 years in Germany] fired three bullets into her head. The brothers said the family’s honor had been offended because she divorced the man her family had forced her to marry at age 16 and then began dating and refused to wear a ...more
March 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes 'honor killings,' as it does any form of murder, and provides penalties that include life in prison" (18).
March 1, 2017, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Saturday Aug. 13 march in Lima and simultaneous protests held in nearly a dozen other cities and towns around the country, including Cuzco, Arequipa and Libertad, was a reaction to lenient court sentences handed down in cases of femicide – defined as the violent and deliberate killing of a woman – rape and domestic violence" (para 2). "'My daughter was killed, but they only gave her murderer six months of preventive detention,' said Isabel Laines, carrying a sign with a photo of her daughter" (para 9).
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In June congress passed a law making femicide a crime, with penalties of 21 to 50 years in prison, without the possibility of suspensions or reductions, and longer than the minimum sentence of 13 years for homicide. The crime of femicide is defined as the killing of a woman either for being a woman, because of her gender identity, or as a part of a cycle of sexual, physical, or psychological violence" (38). "Another provision augments both jail time and fines if the crime causes 'transitory or permanent physical disfigurement,' such as acid attacks, in which an attacker throws acid onto the victim’s face" (39).
Feb. 2, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"A 2011 study (PDF) by the the Aurat Foundation found that The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2004, otherwise known as the 'Honour Killings Act' that makes so-called honour killings punishable by law did little to decrease the incidence of such crimes" (para 5).
Jan. 30, 2017, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"The situation is similar in Syria, where a man must only serve up to seven years in prison if he murders his wife, sister, mother or daughter after finding her engaged in an 'illigitimate' sexual act" (para 13).
Jan. 30, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"In Egypt, a man can kill his wife and get off with a far more lenient punishment than is typically given for murder, if he catches her in an act of adultery" (para 13).
Jan. 25, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Pakistani Parliament on Thursday passed laws to increase sentences for rapists and those who commit so-called honor killings of women, and closed a loophole that allowed many of the killers to go free, after hours of heated opposition from Islamist lawmakers" (para 1). "Most of those killings have gone without punishment because of a tenet of Islamic law that allows killers to go free if they are forgiven by the woman’s family — something that usually happens because the killers are usually family members. 'Under the new law, relatives of the victim would only be able to pardon the killer if he is sentenced to capital punishment' Zahid Hamid, ...more
Jan. 18, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The criminal code does not specifically refer to 'honor' killings, but it prosecutes such cases as murder. Murder convictions in the first or second degree carry minimum penalties of life imprisonment with eligibility for parole. In June the government passed legislation that limited the defense of 'provocation' so that it would not apply in cases of 'honor' killings and many cases of spousal homicide" (13-14).
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

“The Supreme Criminal Court’s panel of judges dedicated to cases involving honor crimes in recent years has routinely imposed prison sentences of up to 15 years to perpetrators of such crimes. The Cassation Court, which reviews the Supreme Criminal Court rulings, generally decreased the sentences by half. The Supreme Criminal Court did not issue any rulings on honor crimes cases during the year. In November 2014 the courts issued one guilty verdict in an honor crime case, initially issuing a death sentence that was reduced to 10 years’ imprisonment when the victim’s family dropped their personal rights, meaning the family chose to no longer legally pursue the case. Generally, when ...more
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

“Intimate partner violence remained both widespread and underreported to authorities, due to fear of retribution, further violence, and social stigma. In March, Congress passed a law that sets a prison sentence of 12 to 30 years for anyone convicted of killing a woman or girl in cases of domestic violence. Longer sentences can be set for killing a pregnant woman, girls under 14, or women who are over 60 or disabled” (13).
Dec. 29, 2016, 7:49 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Article 237 [of the Egyptian Penal Code]. Whoever surprises his wife in the act of adultery and kills her on the spot together with her adulterer-partner shall be punished with detention instead of the penalties prescribed in articles 234 and 236...Article 237 of the Egyptian Penal Code allows for a lesser punishment for men who kill their wives than for other forms of murder" (para 2-3)
Dec. 27, 2016, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The situation is similar in Syria, where a man must only serve up to seven years in prison if he murders his wife, sister, mother or daughter after finding her engaged in an ‘illegitimate’ sexual act" (13).
Dec. 27, 2016, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In Egypt, a man can kill his wife and get off with a far more lenient punishment than is typically given for murder, if he catches her in an act of adultery" (13).