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July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Violence against a woman that causes an injury is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 30,000 Guinean francs (GNF) ($3.30). If the injury causes mutilation, amputation, or other loss of body parts, it is punishable by 20 years’ imprisonment; if the victim dies, the crime is punishable by life imprisonment" (p. 16).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria

"The law permits judges to reduce legal penalties for murder and assault if the defendant asserts an “honor” defense, which often occurred. The government kept no official statistics on use of this defense in murder and assault cases. There were no officially reported honor killings during the year, but local human rights groups asserted the practice continued, reportedly at previous levels, despite or even because of the continuing violence. NGOs working with refugees reported families killed some rape victims inside the country, including those raped by government forces, for reasons of honor. NGOs also reported the conflict led to a significant rise in honor killings due to the pervasive use...more
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The 2015 Anti-Witchcraft (Crime and Punishment) Act, the first legal mechanism to address directly such abuse, imposes prison sentences of five to 10 years and fines of up to NRs 100,000 ($1,000) for those who physically or mentally abuse women accused of being witches or men accused of sorcery. It also imposes prison sentences of up to five years for those who evict supposed witches or banish them from their communities. INSEC stated that authorities prosecuted no individuals under the act during the year. Although acid attacks were not common, in May the Supreme Court ordered the government to amend the law to assure that victims of acid attacks and...more
July 18, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The issue of discrimination, abuse and violence, concept of citizenship are vital for the ensuring and promotion of the rights of women. The key laws which may be mentioned in this regard are; Prevention of Cruelty to Women and Children Act, 2012; Acid Control Act, 2002; Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980; Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012; Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010; Women and Children Repression Act, 2000 (Amendment 2003); Children Act, 2013; Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2014; Citizenship Act of 1951 (as amended in 2009); and, the Representation of the People Order (RPO), 1972. As is evident, most of these have been enacted fairly recently and...more
July 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, MURDER-LAW-1

"By law “honor” killings are punishable, but the penal code provides a lenient sentence for conviction of killing a spouse caught in the act of adultery, whether male or female" (p. 29).
June 26, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Only men administered sharia, which was often applied in the interests of men. According to sharia and the local tradition of blood compensation, anyone found guilty of the death of a woman paid to the victim’s family only half the amount required to compensate for a man’s death" (Pg 35).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of legislation on the comprehensive protection of women against all forms of violence, including femicide" (6).
June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Decree No. 18-2016 creating positions of specialized prosecutors, within the Office of the Public Prosecutor, for the crimes of trafficking in persons and of femicide" (2).
June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"The 2010 Acid Control and Acid Crime Practice Bill makes maiming or killing via corrosive substance a crime and imposes stiff penalties against perpetrators. As with other laws, these measures are not applicable to FATA and PATA unless the president issues a notification to that effect. Nevertheless, there were numerous acid attacks on women across the country, with few perpetrators bought to justice. According to a panel organized by the HRCP in October, more than 98 percent of registered acid-attack cases remained unresolved. The HRCP alleged that authorities registered 150 to 400 cases of acid attacks each year. In May, two women suffered burn injuries when a man, in a...more
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

"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

"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).