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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).
Dec. 24, 2016, 1:09 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Pakistani men who kill their female relatives in the name of honour will no longer be able to evade punishment after the country’s parliament finally passed long-promised legislation. The landmark bill passed on Thursday guarantees mandatory prison sentences of 25 years and strips families of the right to legally pardon the perpetrators of so-called “honour killings”, a practice that has allowed thousands of murderers to walk free. Because such crimes are usually carried out with the agreement of entire families, murderers are often released under Islamic “blood money” laws that rights activists have campaigned against for decades. First incorporated in 1990, the Qisas (retribution) and Diyat (blood money) laws have ...more
Dec. 5, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes femicide, the killing of a woman based on her identity as a woman, with 30 years in jail" (22).
Dec. 1, 2016, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"A village mob attacked and dismembered the body of a 70-year-old woman who they alleged practiced witchcraft in the village. Police have confirmed that a number of villagers from the Buya village on Sula Island in North Maluku have turned themselves in. The woman, only identified as Nu, is believed to have cast a black magic spell or santet on a villager. Several traditional herbalists were unable to cure the villager who had been sick for several days, the Jakarta Post reported.According to the newspaper, the villager who was ill, had been asking to be taken to Nu's house but often fainted once he arrived at her house. When villagers ...more
Dec. 1, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"From a ‘rationalist’ perspective, those accused of being witches and sorcerers constitute a vulnerable population, in need of state protection. And, to some extent, they get it. After all, those who kill sorcerers or witches are sometimes charged with murder. But this appears problematic to many Indonesians. Fearing witches and sorcerers, they wish to be legally protected from supernatural attacks. To address this problem, law-makers have introduced a draft penal code that will outlaw the practice of black magic"(para 4)
Dec. 1, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2, MURDER-LAW-1, MURDER-DATA-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-DATA-1

"Intimate partner homicide occurs, as in every society, but I would definitely not say that it is condoned. It is probably not prosecuted as actively as homicide of a man, or of a woman by an unrelated person, but definitely not condoned. These things are hard to estimate, but it’s not necessarily a worse situation than in the US.I know of no quantitative or qualitative studies focussed on this subject"(para 1-2)
Nov. 26, 2016, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"On Wednesday, an Afghan judge sentenced four men to death for their part in Farkhunda's death, including the caretaker of a Muslim shrine who falsely accused her of desecrating Islam's holy book" (Para 21).
Nov. 18, 2016, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Although government officials appeared confident of backing for the bill in parliament, it could still face resistance. 'The influential Council of Islamic Ideology, which advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, warned that it would not support any law that removed the forgiveness loophole, even though the council considers honor killings a crime. “Islamic law and the Koran say that the right to forgive or punish lies first and foremost with the victim’s family,” said council spokesman Inam Ullah. “So if this bill is trying to completely take away that right from the family, then of course that is against Islamic teachings. The state cannot completely take ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"In a rare move, this week the government became a complainant in the police case against Baloch’s brother accused of her murder [an honor killing], designating it a crime against the state and thereby blocking her family from forgiving their son" (para 17)
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Maryam Nawaz Sharif said the government wanted to pass the law [against honor killings] unanimously and had been negotiating with religious parties in parliament. 'We have finalized the draft law in the light of negotiations,' she told Reuters in an interview. 'The final draft will be presented to a committee of joint session of parliament on July 21 for consideration and approval.' 'Maryam said once the parliamentary committee approved the bill, it would be presented for a vote in a 'couple of weeks' before a joint session of parliament" (para 7-10). "A spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the two major religious parties in parliament, said his party would not oppose ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"Pakistan’s ruling party plans to pass long-delayed legislation against 'honor killings' within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of an outspoken social media star, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday. 'The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as Thursday, said Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is an increasingly influential member of her father’s ruling party. 'The government has faced mounting pressure to pass the law against murders carried out by people professing to be acting in defense of the honor of their family. 'The law would remove a loophole that allows other family members to pardon a killer" (para 1-4)more
Nov. 17, 2016, 11:34 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Last but not least, there are chances that the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and the religious clergy would be building more pressure in future to oppose the Anti-honor Killing Amendment Bill, the Anti-Rape Amendment Bill, presented in joint parliamentary session in March 2016 and as well as the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act" (para 9)
Nov. 16, 2016, 10 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"Punjab province, where the two latest attacks happened, passed a landmark law in February criminalising all forms of violence against women. However, more than 30 religious groups, including all the mainstream Islamic political parties, threatened to launch protests if the law was not repealed. The Council of Islamic Ideology, which advises the government, then proposed making it legal for husbands to 'lightly beat' their wives. It was criticised as a result. Religious groups have equated women's rights campaigns with promotion of obscenity. They say the new Punjab law will increase the divorce rate and destroy the country's traditional family system" (para 18-21)
Nov. 11, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In 2010, after years of intense lobbying by women’s rights organizations, Guatemala became the first country in the world to create specialized courts for femicide and other forms of violence against women"(para 10)."With conviction and sentencing above 30 percent, compared to 10 percent in ordinary courts, the new femicide courts have started to tackle Guatemala‘s culture of impunity"(para 12)
Nov. 10, 2016, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law seeks to control the availability of acid and reduce acid-related violence directed toward women, but lack of awareness of the law and poor enforcement limited its effect. The government made efforts to punish offenders and reduce the availability of acid to the general public. The Commerce Ministry restricted acid sales to buyers registered with relevant trade organizations; however, the government did not enforce the restrictions universally. To facilitate speedier prosecution of acidthrowing cases the law provides special tribunals and generally does not allow bail" (25).
Nov. 8, 2016, 10:49 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Syria’s legal provisions continue to diminish the gravity of "honor" killings. In 2009, the President abolished Article 548 of the Penal Code, which had waived punishment for a man who killed a female family member in a case “provoked” by “illegitimate sex acts,” as well as for a husband who kills his wife because of an extramarital affair. However, the new Article still allows for mitigated punishment for “honor killings,” requiring a sentence of at least two years as opposed to a regular punishment for murder. Article 548 of the Penal Code now reads as follows: 'He who catches his wife, sister, mother or daughter by surprise, engaging in an ...more
Nov. 7, 2016, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"'Honor' killings are punishable under the law, but the penal code provides a lenient sentence for the killing of a spouse caught in the act of adultery, whether male or female" (29).