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April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The GCRS continuously monitors and analyses cases of femicide or gender-related killings of women, in order to define future steps to prevent this form of gender-related violence. According to the records of the RS Ministry of the Interior, 88 women, mostly victims of partner or family violence were killed in the RS between 2000 and 2015. The GCRS has developed a special analysis on actions undertaken by institutions in cases of gender-related killings occurring in the period 2014-2015. It identified inadequate records of victims’ complaints and institutional actions, and inadequate information exchange between institutions, non-recognition of gender-related violence and gender inequality as the main cause of women’s killings, and the...more
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the State party on its decision in 2015 to establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, which was one of the main recommendations arising from the Committee’s inquiry conducted in 2013 (see CEDAW/C/OP.8/CAN/1). Nevertheless, it is concerned about: (a) The absence of any action plan or coordinated mechanism to oversee the implementation of the outstanding 37 recommendations issued by the Committee in 2015 (see CEDAW/C/OP.8/CAN/1, paras. 216-220); (b) The insufficient measures taken to ensure that all cases of missing and murdered indigenous women are duly investigated and prosecuted; (c) The terms of reference of the national inquiry, which do not clearly require...more
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There were no official reports of killings motivated by 'honor' or other harmful traditional practices during the year, although human rights activists reported that such killings continued to occur, particularly among rural and tribal populations" (34).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There were two reported cases of sorcery-related violence during the year. In both cases, violence was related to alleged involvement in sorcery and witchcraft and typically targeted the most vulnerable persons: young women, widows without male sons, and the elderly" (14).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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). " Human rights groups reported “honor killings” of women in Chechnya, Dagestan, and elsewhere in the North Caucasus were rarely prosecuted, although there were rare instances in which such killings led to convictions" (47).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"According to a 2015 UN assessment, accusations of witchcraft were common and often had “devastating consequences” for those accused, including “trial by ordeal,” and in some cases, large fines for simple mistakes like inadvertently spilling food when trying to serve it, which is interpreted as a sign of witchcraft. Authorities often failed to investigate or prosecute cases involving trial by ordeal...Trial by ordeal included: forcing the ingestion of poison; hanging the accused from a tree by the arms or feet for extended periods of time; requiring the accused to retrieve an item from a pot of hot oil; heating a metal object until it glows red and then applying it...more
March 22, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"The federal government launched an independent national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in 2016 with a budget of C$53.8 million ($42.1 million) and a mandate to report by the end of 2018" (p. 9). Violence against indigenous women is more frecuent (JSM -Coder comment)
March 22, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"According to the government’s statistical agency, indigenous women were three times more likely than nonindigenous women to experience violent abuse and, according to the RCMP, were four times more likely to be victims of homicide" (p. 9).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The law permits judges to reduce legal penalties for murder and assault if the defendant asserts an “honor” defense, which often occurred" (para 189). "NGOs working with refugees reported families reportedly 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 of rape by government forces and sexual slavery and exploitation by Da’esh" (para 189).
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"With respect to paragraph 12 of the Committee’s concluding observations: under administrative and criminal legislation, women have started to make efforts to seek justice and legal accountability more frequently when faced with violence or discrimination. For example, under a verdict of the specialized inter-district criminal court in the Almaty region of 3 November 2016, supported by the higher courts, a husband was found guilty of attempted murder of his wife on grounds of the development of hostile personal relations and was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment" (41).
March 11, 2019, 7:35 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"Honor-related violence often involved immigrants from the Middle East or South Asia.In July the Swedish Prison and Probation Services estimated that 97 persons were in prison for committing honorrelated violence" (p. 10).
March 6, 2019, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"On March 7, the Taliban convicted and stoned to death a woman accused of adultery in Badakhshan Province" (27).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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).
March 1, 2019, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In SUDAN the death penalty is imposed in cases of apostasy and acts that ‘encourage’ apostasy against Islam. In January 2015 the government amended the criminal code to widen the legal definition of apostasy. In addition to those converting from Islam to another religion, any Muslim who questions the Quran, the Companions of the Prophet or his wives may also be found guilty of apostasy and sentenced to death. Under the death penalty, stoning remains a judicial punishment. Between 2009 and 2012, several women were sentenced to death by stoning" (para 1-2).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Fearful tribes have beaten, raped and tortured women with hot machetes in vicious attacks they believe will stop non-human sorcerers who devoured the heart of their clansmen. Footage of one such attack shows a woman being tortured on a hut floor before she is dragged outside, beaten and burned until she dies. There have been at least 20 murders linked to sorcery accusations part of the country's highlands in the past few years, and dozens more violent attacks" (para 2-4). "Belief in sorcery and witchcraft has long been common across Enga province and Papua New Guinea, but the lynchings are not an ancient rite or custom. 'This is a new...more
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Prevent violence against women and children accused of being witches and women in detention and prosecute and punish perpetrators of such violence, including when they are members of the Congolese national police. Awareness-raising activities, in particular those targeting religious leaders, help to prevent violence, especially against children accused of being witches. In addition, these issues are covered by special provisions in laws such as the Criminal Code, the Child Protection Code and the police code of conduct. Finally, the legal framework for the prison system, which provides for the separation of male and female inmates, is also a preventive measure" (18). This implies that witchcraft is a valid societal reason...more
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).