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Feb. 17, 2019, 4 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"While it welcomes the legislative and other measures adopted by the State party to prevent and punish violence against women, particularly the definition of femicide as a specific offence, the Committee notes with deep concern that, despite its previous recommendation (para. 16) the level of violence against women, including murders, remains high (...) Furthermore, while recognizing the progress made in terms of criminal investigations and prosecution, the Committee notes with concern the low number of convictions for offences related to violence against women (arts. 1, 2, 12, 13, 14 and 16)" (5). ". It is concerned, in particular, about the large number of violent deaths —a large number of which...more
Feb. 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In conformity with its mandate, the Office of the Ombudsman for Indigenous Women (DEMI) has dealt with 712 cases involving claims, complaints and requests for support in connection with security measures, rape, attempted rape, aggravated rape, violence against women, psychological abuse and domestic violence. In these cases, 25 per cent of the applicants completed the proceedings and 10 per cent withdraw their complaints, with 65 per cent of the cases still in process" (33). "According to information from the Ministry of the Interior, specific plans involving crime hot spots and particular periods have been implemented. These plans incorporate measures to combat offences and illicit conduct. They include the general annual...more
Feb. 17, 2019, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned by reports that women continue to be the victims of gender-based murders and disappearances, especially in the States of Chihuahua, Jalisco, México and Nuevo León. While noting that major strides have been made in terms of the establishment of legal and institutional means of combating this phenomenon and other forms of violence against women, including feminicide, the Committee is concerned by indications that the new legal framework is not being fully applied by many states" (5).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In contrast with 2014, there were no reports of honor killings" (Pg 28).
Feb. 1, 2019, 8:48 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A 67-year-old woman was beaten black and blue and forced to eat human waste by four persons including a Nepal Army personnel in Siddha Lek Rural Municipality in Dhading. Following the incident, a team of police from District Police Office, Dhading arrested Harka Bahadur Pulami (45), Khol Bahadur Pulami (63), Tham Bahadur Magar (55) and NA personnel Dhan Bahadur Magar" (para 1-2). "According to victim’s kin, Magar who had returned home from army barrack to celebrate Tihar festival cited chest pain and accused the elderly women of practicing witchcraft to inflict pain before calling over three local shamans to execute a-heinous-act. Main accused, Magar who is said to have orchestrated...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A significant proportion of female victims of homicide were killed by their partner. In 2015 (the last year for which the Clearinghouse has published data), five of 23 (22 per cent) of female victims of homicide were killed by their partner. In 2009 and 2013 half of female homicide victims were killed by their partner. Some male homicide victims are killed by their partners, but not at the same rate" (para 8-9).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-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). "The Committee is also concerned about the persistence of harmful practices in the State party, and regrets the limited efforts being made to eliminate child and/or forced marriage and killings in the name of so-called honour" (pg. 6).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

The Committee remains concerned, however, at: 1)Reports of intimate partner violence, including femicide and crimes committed in the name of so-called honour (pg. 8).
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Women accused of witchcraft in Orissa state" (Slide 3). "branding women as 'witches' to capture land & property" (Slide 16). 'The ancient tribal people of India have a long tradition of belief in witchcraft. Mita Bai, 34, will never forget the day when at 8:00 am in the morning, a group of three men and six women came to her house with their allegations, branding her as, 'a witch.' As an attack against her broke out, she cried out for help, but no one heard or heeded her pleas. Instead, she was dragged from her home, stripped of all her clothing, and nearly hung from a tree. What was her...more
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-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-PRACTICE-1

"Woman accused as witch is burned alive. Belief in black magic persists in Papua New Guinea, where communities are warping under the pressure of the mining boom’s unfulfilled expectations. Women are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as witches — with horrific consequences" (Slide 2). "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...more
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Dalit woman assaulted, publically humiliated and forced to eat human excreta. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning the case of a Dalit woman who was assaulted, publically humiliated and forced to eat her own excreta by the villagers. It is reported that Mrs. Kalli Kumari was accused of practising witchcraft by the villagers, who confined Kumari in a room for two days, tortured and forced her to confess that she practiced witchcraft" (Slide 18).
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Historical witchcraft accusations: Salem became famous for hanging 20 women accused of being witches in the 1960s" (Slide 5).
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"older woman in camp for women accused of witchcraft" (Slide 8).
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-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).
Jan. 18, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Child-witches seek refuge. Mary is a pretty five-year-old girl with big brown eyes and a father who kicked her out onto the streets in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. Her crime: the local priest had denounced her as a witch and blamed her 'evil powers' for causing her mother's death. Children from crarn accused of being witches and wizards, protesting outside of the governor's headquarters" (slide 10). Crarn is an organization in Nigeria to protect the rights of children (EJ - Coder Comment).
Jan. 11, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Government had filed an appeal before the Riyad Court in Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the Sri Lankan female domestic worker, who was recently sentenced to be stoned to death after being found guilty of having a clandestine affair, Foreign Employment Ministry said.The Ministry sources said the woman was married and having children in Sri Lanka, when she had convicted for adultery with a Sri Lankan youth employed in Saudi Arabia. After she was produced before the Riyad Court, the woman had pleaded guilty and she was sentenced to be stoned to death according to Saudi Arabian law" (para 1-3).
Jan. 10, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull.... In a Diyarbakir cafe, 19-year-old university student Rojin says Kaya's is a classic example of men not recognizing a woman's abilities because they can only see a female body. She was there competing with her voice, not her body, but they only judged her as a female, with their sexist beliefs,' she says. 'This is the kind of mentality that has to change.'" (para 1, 10-11).more
Jan. 8, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The issue was thrust into the spotlight last year, after two chhaupadi-related deaths in the far-western district of Accham, which had previously been declared 'chhaupadi-free.' One woman died of smoke inhalation after she lit a fire for warmth; the other death remains unexplained. Last month, an 18-year-old woman from Dailekh in western-central Nepal died from a snake bite while sleeping in a shed. The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project, which works on improving access to sanitation, found that in the last eight months five women have died due to chhaupadi" (para 11-14).
Jan. 7, 2019, 11:47 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"An unmarried couple have been stoned to death in public in north-east Mali, in the first such incident since jihadi groups were driven out of the region" (para 1). "'The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,' said a local official. 'They were stoned to death.' The execution happened in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, on Tuesday. The same source told AFP that members of the public were invited to take part.“Four people threw stones at them until they died,” they said. Another local official said the ringleaders had accused the unmarried couple of violating 'Islamic...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Bugaighis opposed the militias who aligned with political Islam, and also the ambitious general who declared a coup and went to war against them. By the spring of 2014, she and her family had left Benghazi after an assassination attempt nearly killed her son. But she risked returning home to cast her ballot in elections held that June and urged others to do the same. My people, I beg of you, there are only three hours left,” she wrote on Facebook at about 5:45 p.m. on Election Day, warning Libyans that the polls would soon close. She was killed in her home, stabbed and shot, later that night, and...more
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Violence against women, including so-called honor killings, remained a significant problem, and child marriage persisted. The government did not effectively protect women, children, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) persons from abuse, discrimination, and violence" (page 3). "So-called honor killings of women remained a problem. Most honor killings occurred in conservative families in the rural Southeast or among families of migrants from the Southeast living in large cities. 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...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A 24-year-old Pakistani man was mutilated in a so-called honor killing, police said. Allah Ditta was stabbed multiple times by five men Tuesday in Pakistan's Dera Ghazi Khan district, authorities said. The men attacked Ditta as he went to meet a woman with whom he was having an affair, police Officer Ali Muhammad said. The victim and the woman were married to other people...So-called honor killings in Pakistan have gained notoriety worldwide, but cases of men killed in such attacks are rare. Many of these killings involve relatives slaying young women accused of dishonoring the family" (para 1, 2, 3...6, 7). "Many of these killings involve relatives slaying young women...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that women and girls have been subjected to increasing levels and different types of gender-based violence, such as domestic violence, forced disappearances, torture and murders, especially feminicide, by state actors, including law enforcement officials and the security forces, as well as by non-state actors such as organized crime groups" (3). "The Committee notes with concern that this situation results in discriminatory provisions against women or to different definitions and sanctions related to, inter alia, rape, abortion, forced disappearances, trafficking, injuries and homicide for reasons of so-called honour, as well as on adultery across the 32 states of the State party" (3). This shows there might be...more
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-DATA-1

"Cases of domestic homicides of women perpetrated in defense of family honor continued to occur within the Arab community, contributing to a disproportionate number of killings of Arab women (see also section 6, Women, Rape and Domestic Violence)" (para 147)
Oct. 24, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Unless violence itself is enacted as a matter of public show, it rarely is reported. For example, reports include instances of honour killing, acid attacks and physical abuse in the form of murder or even attempted murder — all forms of violence extreme and brutal. Women rarely step out of their homes to point fingers at their own families. The guilt that women are socialised to associate with being an ‘inferior gender’ legitimises violence that most victims of abuse are then subjected to. When it comes to reporting abuse, sometimes suicide is resorted to as the best alternative to speaking out" (para 6 - 7).
Oct. 18, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"In most cases, a bride who doesn’t bleed is “returned” to her father by her husband, divorced immediately, or in some cases even killed" (para 17).
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The 2014 Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights study found that judges in first instance courts reduced sentences on claims of “honor” killings in 29 out of 37 rulings, in a random sample of cases between 1993 and 2013" (para 9). "WCLAC documented 23 killings of Palestinian women and girls in 2016 across Palestinian territory, many of which they said were based on “honor”, or the killer claimed it was. Women Media and Development (TAM) said in its 2016 report that the killings actually related to inheritance, revenge, or other reasons but that the killers claimed they related to family honor to receive a lighter sentence" (para...more
Oct. 12, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The scenes, captured by security cameras, are gruesome: A man pummels and kicks his wife in the garage of their building. She tries to flee, but he forces her into the elevator. They go up to their fifth-floor apartment. Less than 20 minutes later, he takes the elevator back down — to fetch her bloody, lifeless body, which had plummeted to the sidewalk below. The footage from the night of July 22, first broadcast Sunday on the popular television program Fantástico, has been playing repeatedly on national television. The graphic, blow-by-blow view into what domestic violence really looks like is challenging the widespread notion that you shouldn’t “stick a spoon”...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Honor killings remained a serious problem throughout the country. Some families arranged honor killings to appear as suicides" (para 247)