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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
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)