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June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In March the Court of Cassation toughened the sentences against two men convicted of killing their sister in an honor crime to 15 and 20 years imprisonment. In August parliament amended the penal code to eliminate the 'fit of fury' as a mitigating factor in sentencing for honor crimes, except in cases of adultery caught in the act. Parliament also amended the law to eliminate mitigated sentencing for honor crimes cases when the family would ordinarily drop charges" (31). "Through their administrative detention authority, governors continued to place potential victims of honor crimes in involuntary protective custody in the Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in the Jweideh and the Umm...more
June 7, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Pursuant to Article 39 (1) (2) of the EVAW Law, the law permits a woman complainant to withdraw her case at any stage of proceedings, with the exception of five acts of violence against women which the State must act on, irrespective of whether a complaint is filed or subsequently withdrawn. These are the crimes of rape, enforced prostitution, publicising the identity of a victim, burning or the use of chemical substances and forced self-immolation or suicide – commonly referred to as the ‘five serious violence against women offences'" (Pg 16). "Afghanistan’s 1976 Penal Code stipulated that a person who kills or injures his wife or a relative in order...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Recalling its general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women and general recommendation No. 35 (2017) on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19, the Committee recommends that the State party: (b Specifically criminalize femicide and ensure that cases of femicide are effectively investigated and prosecuted and that the sentences imposed on perpetrators are commensurate with the gravity of the crime" (6).
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law provides from six months’ to 10 years’ imprisonment for aggravated and grievous bodily harm" (p. 12).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law states that authorities should execute a man if convicted of killing a woman. The penal code, however, allows leniency for persons guilty of committing an 'honor' killing or violently assaulting or killing a woman for perceived 'immodest' or 'defiant' behavior" (35). "While the law stipulates the death penalty for a man convicted of murdering a woman, the penal code allows leniency for persons guilty of committing an 'hono'” killing or violently assaulting or killing a woman for perceived 'immodest' or 'defiant' behavior. The law also allows for a substantially reduced sentence when a husband kills his wife and a man he believes to be involved in an extramarital...more
May 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In 2015 the government passed the Law on the Prevention and Repression of Violence Against Women and Girls and Support for Victims" (p. 16).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"A provision of the law limits a sentence for conviction of murder to a maximum of three years in prison if a man is on trial for killing his wife or a female dependent due to suspicion that the victim was committing adultery' (41).
May 11, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Despite the inclusion of 'femicide' in the criminal code in 2012, only one man has been sentenced for femicide charges since then" (para 11).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"The law precludes 'family honor' as protection for perpetrators in 'honor killing' crimes, although some NGOs argued the law was not sufficiently enforced" (104).
April 20, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Femicide is a crime and carries a minimum sentence of 15 years" (p. 13).
April 19, 2019, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Femicide remained a serious problem. In December 2016 President Cartes signed Law 5777 for the Comprehensive Protection of Women against Violence, including femicide. The law criminalizes femicide and assigns sentences of between 10 and 30 years in prison upon conviction" (p. 16).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law reduces punitive measures for fathers and other family members who are convicted of murder or physically harming children in domestic violence or 'honor killings.' If a man is found guilty of murdering his daughter, the punishment is between three and 10 years in prison rather than the normal death sentence or payment of 'diyeh' for homicide cases" (34).
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law allows for sentences of six months’ to two years’ imprisonment for a person found guilty of committing an act of violence or making continued threats of violence" (p. 10).
April 5, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"According to the law, the crime of femicide is the murder of a woman committed because of the victim’s gender and is a federal offense punishable if convicted by 40 to 60 years in prison. It is also a criminal offense in all states" (p. 26).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The penalty for serious physical or psychological harm is a five- to 12-year prison sentence.. The law criminalizes femicide, the killing of a woman based on her identity as a woman, with 30 years in prison" (p. 21).
April 1, 2019, 7:42 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Honor-related violence is treated as regular violence for the purposes of prosecution and does not constitute a separate offense category. Laws against violence were enforced effectively in honor-related violence cases, and victims were permitted to enter a specialized shelter" (p. 12).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1, MURDER-DATA-2

"The most significant human rights issues included...thousands of fatal incidents of domestic violence to which the government responded by reducing the penalty for domestic violence, and honor killings and other harmful traditional practices against women in parts of the North Caucasus" (2).
March 27, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The penalty for physical domestic violence ranges from a minimum of six months to a maximum of 10 years in prison" (p. 10).
March 22, 2019, 8:47 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. The law limits the defense of “provocation” to prevent its application to cases of “honor” killing and cases of spousal homicide. The government enforced the law effectively. The government’s citizenship guide for new immigrants explicitly states “honor” killings and gender-based violence carry severe legal penalties. The government trains law enforcement officials on issues of “honor”-based violence and maintains an interdepartmental working group focusing on forced marriage and “honor”-based violence" (p. 11).
March 19, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes 'honor killings' as murder and provides penalties that include life in prison" (p.18).
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Important legislative measures have been enacted to enhance access to justice and priority attention to the needs of women and girls. Those measures recognized women’s work and resilience, asserting their dignity and rejecting any form of discrimination and violence that might affect their integrity: a) Act No. 1639/2013, strengthening measures to protect victims of acid crimes; (...) d) Act No. 1761/2015, establishing femicide as a separate offence; e) Act No. 1773/2016, providing for comprehensive care for victims of chemical agents and adding an article to Act No. 599/2000" (3).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law provides for a sentence of 16 to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. If the act results in the death of the victim, the law provides for a death sentence for the perpetrator" (26). "Under the penal code, if a man convicted of honor killing sees his wife or other close relation in the act of committing adultery and immediately kills or injures one or both parties to defend his honor, he cannot receive a prison sentence of more than two years" (27).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"By law femicide is punishable with penalties of 21 to 50 years in prison, longer than the minimum sentence of 13 years for homicide" (29).
Feb. 17, 2019, 4 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with satisfaction that the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international instruments since the Committee’s consideration of its fourth periodic report: The adoption of the Act on Femicide and Other Forms of Violence against Women (Legislative Decree No. 22-2008)" (2).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Provisions in the Criminal Code, including the reduction of sentences for men who kill a woman in the name of so-called honour" (pg. 4).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2007 of the State party's combined fourth to sixth periodic reports (CEDAW/C/HON/6) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (…) e) Decree No. 23-3013, which specifically adds femicide as a Crime to the Criminal Code" (1-2). "The Committee recognizes the resources allocated to the unit investigating violent deaths of women as a measure to improve access to justice for women. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about existing barriers, especially in cases of gender-based violence" (3). "It also recommends that the State party: (...) e) Ensure that the definition of femicide in the new Criminal Code is...more
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"woman accused of witchcraft beaten to death. A 68-year-old woman was beaten to death by a group of citizen patrol members (called 'ronderos') in the La Libertad region of Peru. The group reportedly killed her because they suspected that the woman was using black magic to kill her own son. Local legal authorities have ordered the arrest of three ronderos who are suspected to have been involved in Zárate’s death. RPP reports that the ronderos maintain that the woman died from a pre-existing illness and not because of any physical punishments inflicted by the group" (Slide 17). The fact that three of the men accused of this murder were order...more
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"legal aid for women accused as witches in Burkina Faso. A British-based global charity caring for older people, HelpAge International, asked Advocates for International Development (A4ID) to help in Burkina Faso where it had been trying to raise awareness about the plight of women who've fallen victim to witchcraft allegations. It is often the widows, or the older, poorer or disabled women and those unprotected by male relatives who are most vulnerable to witchcraft accusations. At best, they face banishment from their communities. At worst, they may be tortured or even killed. HelpAge has called for protection and redress to be provided for those accused of sorcery in the West...more
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"No justice for woman burned alive in 'sorcery' attack. The failure of the Papua New Guinea authorities to bring the killers of a woman who was burned alive to justice, underlines their complete failure to address “sorcery” attacks, Amnesty International said on the first anniversary of her death. Twenty-year-old Kepari Leniata was stripped, tied up, doused in petrol and burned alive by relatives of a boy who had died following an illness in the city of Mount Hagen. The attackers claimed Kepari had caused the boy’s death through sorcery" (Slide 19). UN Special rapporteur on violence against women statement at the end of 2012 mission to Papua new Guinea: Excerpt:...more
Jan. 10, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The criminal case involving Sangita Magar previously spurred the government to specifically criminalize acid and burn violence in 2015. Before that, cases could only be tried as an equivalent to battery, with punishments as low as two months in jail or a fine of about $10, or as attempted murder, which can be harder to prove and does not come with compensation, says Sabin Shrestha, executive director of the Forum for Women, Law and Development, who tried the public interest case alongside BVS-Nepal. The new law strengthened the punishment for perpetrators who will now be subject to prison terms of five to eight years and fines of 100,000 to 500,000...more