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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
Dec. 21, 2018, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The figures for frustrated and consummated femicides presented on tables 4 and 5 correspond to the National Femicide Circuit registry. The coordination mechanism attends femicide victims, that according to their protocols correspond to a wider definition that the legal terminology, considering homicides by actual partners or ex-partners, and includes "pololos" [a Chilean term for boyfriends] and "ex-pololos" and parricides - in thpose cases where a woman is the aggressor and her partner the victim or where the presence of kids or teenagers exist" (18).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Femicide (the killing of a woman based on her gender) is a federal offense punishable by 40 to 60 years in prison; it is also an offense listed in the criminal codes of all 31 states and the Federal District" (para. 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Femicide (the killing of a woman based on her gender) is a federal offense punishable by 40 to 60 years in prison; it is also an offense listed in the criminal codes of all 31 states and the Federal District" (para. 19).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Individuals convicted of honor killings may receive life imprisonment, but NGOs reported actual sentences often were reduced due to mitigating factors. The law allows judges, when establishing sentences, to take into account anger or passion caused by the “misbehavior” of the victim" (page 57).
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"On Friday, 25-year-old social media star Qandeel Baloch was strangled at her family's home in Pakistan's Punjab province. Both adored and reviled, Baloch referred to herself as a "modern-day feminist" and had almost 750,000 followers on Facebook" (para 9-10). "Baloch now faces the rare charge of committing a crime against the state. 'The provision was inserted into the penal code in 2004 and it was specifically with regards to murder committed in the name of honor,' Sahar Bandial, an attorney based in Lahore, told CNN. The charge of committing a crime against the state means Waseem Baloch cannot be pardoned even if the victim's relatives -- in this case, his...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Committee takes note that article 21 of the LGAMVLV-2007 defines feminicide as the extreme form of gender violence against women, product of the violation of their human rights, in both public and private, formed by the misogynistic set of behaviors that can lead to social and state impunity and may culminate in murder or other forms of violent death of women. However, it is concerned about deficiencies and different definitions of the crime of feminicide in the local penal codes" (5). "Take the necessary steps to ensure that the codification of feminicide is based on objective elements which allow its proper qualification in the local penal codes; to accelerate...more
Oct. 24, 2018, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"India has the death penalty for the most brutal murders and terror attacks. But the sentences are rarely carried out and are often struck down on appeal by higher courts" (para. 14).
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"On March 14, 2018, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, signed Law no. 5 of 2018, which repealed article 308 of the 1960 Penal Code enforced in the West Bank. Based on an assessment by the head of a women’s shelter, the law had allowed alleged rapists to escape prosecution and could allow convicted rapists to avoid imprisonment if they married their victims. The new law also amended article 99 to prohibit judges from reducing sentences for serious crimes, such as the murder of women and children" (para 2). "'The Palestinian Authority has finally closed disturbing colonial-era and other loopholes that could allow rapists to escape punishment if they married their...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law permits honor considerations to mitigate sentences; for example, a provision limits a sentence for 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" (para 247)
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law also prohibits violence against women, and independent media and government agencies generally paid close attention to gender-based violence" (10). While this statement is a bit vague and generalized, it is important to note that there appear to be specific laws against gender-based violence in the country (AA-CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 6, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Many Latin American countries boast specific laws targeting violence against women, and several including Guatemala and Honduras have special courts and prosecutors to deal with femicides" (para 33)
Sept. 6, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Many Latin American countries boast specific laws targeting violence against women, and several including Guatemala and Honduras have special courts and prosecutors to deal with femicides" (para 33)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Act No. 20.480 (2010) amending the Penal Code to include femicide" (2). "The Committee notes with appreciation the State party’s increased efforts to combat domestic violence, including the amendments of its Penal Code to include the crime of femicide perpetrated by spouses or ex-spouses (Act No. 20.480), and to provide assistance and redress to victims of domestic violence" (4).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Another example of successful inter-agency coordination is the establishment of local committees to provide immediate care in cases of high risk of violence against women (CLAI), set up in 10 territories with judiciary representatives (prosecution service and court with jurisdiction to order protection measures), the Ministry of Public Security (public force), and INAMU. This strategy aims to specialize and register the intervention to provide timely and effective prevention of femicide and attempted femicide, and to help reduce impunity in situations of violence against women" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.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
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Femicide is a crime and carries a minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment for those convicted of killing a woman who is an immediate relative, spouse, or partner. The law establishes sentences of up to life in prison when the victim is a minor, pregnant, or has a disability" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The constitution adopted in September criminalizes violence against or oppression of women based on religious, social, or cultural traditions and gives victims the right to compensation...The law does not allow mediation of dowry-related violence" (28). "In August the president signed into law the Anti-Witchcraft (Crime and Punishment) Act, the first legal mechanism to address directly such abuse. The law imposes prison sentences of five to 10 years and fines of up to 100,000 rupees ($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...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The penal code penalizes some honor crimes as misdemeanors. The law states that a man who sees his wife, daughter, mother, or sister in the “act of adultery” and immediately kills her or the man with whom she is committing adultery faces a maximum punishment of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 225 dinars ($750). Sentencing guidelines for honor crimes do not apply to bidoon" (24).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically address 'honor' crimes, which are treated as any other crime" (38).
July 14, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

They’ve barred us from the courts because they don't want to hear the truth about the fact that the government provides no real mechanism to stop violence against women, she said (para 7).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned, however, about: . . . the lack of legal recognition of certain forms of violence against women, including femicide and marital rape . . . The low number of prosecutions and convictions in cases of violence against women, including in cases of femicide and killings of transgender women, and the delay in prosecuting gender-based violence" (page 7).
June 10, 2018, 8:24 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Like several other countries in Latin America, Peru has a criminal statute for 'femicide,' the crime of killing a woman or girl because of her gender. But it can be difficult to prove. Mr. Hualpa is being investigated for attempted femicide" (Para 10).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Committee . . . notes the information provided by the State party that article 29 of the Penal Code providing for mitigating circumstances in the case of 'unjust provocation' is not applied to killings in the name of so-called 'honour'. The Committee is concerned, however, that this does not constitute a sufficient legal safeguard, given that the provision explicitly prohibiting the application of article 29 addresses only killings in the name of 'custom' (töre) and thus may not always cover killings in the name of so-called 'honour' (namus)" (page 10).
May 12, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"After the death of Qandeel Baloch [in 2016], Pakistan’s legislature approved a bill suggesting that the state will become complainant against the killers instead of family members in cases related to honor killing. For years, the family members of the victim had the liberty to pardon the killer, however, with the recent legislation, a mandatory life sentence was proposed for the murderer. Even then only a judge can decide whether a murder can be equated to a crime of honor or not, virtually meaning that a culprit can walk free for explaining a motive other than honor." In other words, if the murderer says he did not kill for reasons...more