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Latest items for MURDER-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, LRCM-LAW-2, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the existence of a bill to combat domestic violence (on which drafting began in 2007) and the assurances given by the State party’s delegation that it is currently under consideration by the chambers of the parliament. Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the slow process of adopting specific legislation that would eliminate violence against women in all settings and include a definition of violence and provisions on remedies and sanctions. The Committee reiterates its concern that several provisions of the Penal Code condone acts of violence against women by exempting perpetrators from punishment. In particular, it regrets that the Penal Code excludes marital rape, that article ...more
Jan. 10, 2018, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In January 2008, Rosana Galliano was shot to death in Exaltación de la Cruz, a rural municipality 80 km from Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. Her ex-husband, José Arce, who was sentenced to life in prison, had hired hitmen to kill her….Women’s organisations hold that there are dozens of similar situations in Argentina, where society is becoming more aware of cases of gender-based violence" (para 1, 3). "A large part of the town’s 20,000 people went out to search for her. But eventually the police found her body buried at the house of her boyfriend’s grandparents. Her 16-year-old boyfriend confessed that he had beat her to death. The autopsy revealed that ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Many will painfully recall in March 2015 when a 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda was beaten to death by a mob on a false accusation of burning a Qur’an" (para 3).
Dec. 22, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Amira Merabet, a 34-year-old woman, was burned alive in the Eastern Algerian town of El Khroub in August. Her crime: refusing a man’s advances. The murder shocked Algeria, and protests were held across the country – in Constantine, Oran, Algiers and Béjaïa – to pay tribute to female victims of violence. This was not a crime without precedent. In Béjaïa, Merabet’s photo was placed among that of women assassinated by Islamists during the 1990s. They included 17-year-old Katia Bengana, who was killed for refusing to wear the hijab. The linking of these two murders shows that memories of the civil war that raged from 1992 to 2002 remain vivid in ...more
Dec. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"The Algerian revolution that followed, and the violence against women it entailed (arrest, torture, rape and murder) undoubtedly contributed to wider recognition of women’s involvement in the anti-colonial struggle. It demonstrated that a woman such as Nassiba Kebal, a young activist who was arrested and mistreated by colonial authorities, could suffer as much as any other activist" (para 15).
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"Italy has struggled to combat violence against women for decades. In 1981, Italy formally outlawed reduced sentences for "honor" killings. Before that, a man who killed his spouse, daughter or sister after "discovering her in illegitimate carnal relations" would receive a reduced sentence of three to seven years" (para 8).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The past year, if anything, has seen a rise in violence against women. Many cases, particularly of honour killings, have hit the headlines due to either the level of brutality or the identity of the victim. Till the writing of this article, the much publicised law against honour killings promising to make the crime non-compoundable has not been presented in the National Assembly" (para 4).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A woman in Afghanistan was beheaded for going to shop in the city without her husband, according to multiple reports. The 30-year-old woman was brutally killed Monday night, according to British newspaper The Independent, which cited "officials in Afghanistan" (para 1). "The woman was stabbed and beheaded in the remote city of Lati, in the Sar-e-Pul province of northern Afghanistan. Zabihullah Amani, spokesman for the governor of Sar-e-Pul, reportedly confirmed the account to the Middle East Press, saying the woman was killed by the Taliban for committing the so-called "infidelity act" of shopping alone" (para 2). "Sar-e-Pul's women's affairs head Nasima Arezo confirmed the incident, reported Tolo News, an Afghan ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"At the very core of these femicides lays a factor not only specific to culture in Ciudad Juárez, but in several parts of Latin America – misogyny and machismo mentality" (para 5). "While the situation in Ciudad Juárez can seem hopeless—with Mexican authorities seemingly prepared to do little to stop the violence or provide resources for the vulnerable—the town’s women have increasingly taken matters into their own hands. Their action in the form of protests, rallies and marches has brought the fact of these deaths into the light of day. Women have placed hundreds of small wooden crosses, each painted pink, in the hard ground—one for every murdered or missing ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"More than a dozen members of an “honor council” near the Pakistani towns of Makol and Dunga Gali, outside of Abbottabad, have been arrested for immolating a 16-year-old girl, according to a local police chief" (para 2). “The jirga members… decided to punish the girl in a novel way so no one in future can dare to marry without consent of their parents and give a bad name to the village" (para 5). "The case was popularized in part by Abdullah Khan of the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, who posted an account of the murder on Facebook and tweeted an image of the girl’s body" (para 6). ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"On March 19, 2015, Farkhunda Malikzada was murdered by a mob of angry Afghan men because a local religious cleric had falsely accused her of burning the Quran. The crowd threw stones at her, drove over her body, and set her on fire. On the day she died, Farkhunda had no protection from the state or those around her. The struggle to achieve justice for her has become a sign of the struggle to protect the rights of women throughout Afghanistan" (para 1). "Following Farkhunda’s murder and the lack of justice at her trial, dozens of women and girls have written about men in their offices and universities joking about ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Witchcraft is in plain sight here in Buikwe, a district east of the capital city, Kampala" (para 5)."Abductors are middlemen between people desperate — for money, to bear children, or to rid their bodies of disease. Witch doctors convince them that only a child’s body part, such as the head, the fingers, or the private parts, mixed with traditional medicine, will cure the problem. Ritual demands that the parts be removed while the child is still alive and conscious" (para 8)."Abductors prey on vulnerable families, like Trevor’s, waiting until the child is alone to abduct them" (para 10). "World Vision’s Amber Alert-style program is taking on child sacrifice in Uganda. ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Taliban insurgents have stoned a woman to death but left the man after whipping him over adultery in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan" (para 1). "This is not the first time the Taliban insurgents have public tried and executed women over adultery and other charges in Badakhshan" (para 4). "The Taliban insurgents executed at least two women including a pregnant woman and a girl in this province last month" (para 6).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday expressed deep alarm at an apparent widespread pattern of rallies in several provinces across Burundi where young men from the Imbonerakure militia repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents" (para 1). "A chilling video circulating on social media shows more than 100 members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, repeating dozens of times their call to 'make opponents pregnant so that they can give birth to Imbonerakure'. Another group then repeats a chant in which the phrase 'he or she should die' is audible some 19 times" (para 2). Since only ...more
Dec. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Many elderly women in northern Ghana have fled their homes to live in so-called witch camps. They have been accused of witchcraft and fear being killed. As Maxwell Suuk reports from Tamale, attacks are increasing" (para 1). "For the past three months, assaults on people accused of witchcraft have increased. Many of them have been physically harmed. This has forced some to seek refugee at a local chief's residence while others fled to the so-called witch camps where they felt safe" (para 3)."Local resident Mohammed Abankwa told DW that accusations of witchcraft had become rampant. Beatings and threats of being lynched had also increased" (para 4).
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In some parts of Egypt, a woman can be killed by her family members if she has an affair with a stranger" (para 11).
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Many cases, particularly of honour killings, have hit the headlines due to either the level of brutality or the identity of the victim" (para 3).
Nov. 28, 2017, 8:31 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Two years ago, David and his little sister, Sharon, were brushing their teeth under a coffee plant in the front yard. That’s when the strangers approached. 'Two men came here and started calling us,' says David. 'I told Sharon to run. I ran.' He points down a path that leads to more homes. Sharon, a toddler, could not keep up. The men captured her, pressing chloroform to her face to silence her cries. Child sacrifice is an abomination. Abductors are middlemen between people desperate — for money, to bear children, or to rid their bodies of disease. Witch doctors convince them that only a child’s body part, such as the ...more
Nov. 27, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"One of the most obvious forms of this type of violence in Iran includes ‘honour’ killings that have occurred repeatedly over the past years, reports of which are published in pages of newspapers. We will refer to a few instances: ‘A 46 year old man suspected and stabbed his temporary wife of only 15 years of age and killed the man who was speaking with her on the street with repeated knife stabbings. Branch 71 of the Tehran Court sentenced him to pay the blood money due to the reasoning that he had assumed the victim deserved to die.’ 'In Gorgan a man suspicious of his 28 year old wife ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-2, DSFMF-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Some proposed amendments to the penal code would make matters worse for women, including a change to the penal code which would extend the possibility for reduced sentences for murder and assault to any family member who catches a family member engaged in illicit sexual intercourse (such as adultery). The government should repeal such provisions"(3-4)
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Describing what happened to some girls who were accused of having sexual experiences before their wedding night, she said, 'In most villages, a girl who is found to not be a virgin is tortured, her clothes torn and hanged over her head, and she is forced to ride back-to-front on a donkey back to her parents’ houses, and one of her sisters is taken [for marriage] along with their bride price. Afterwards, the girl’s family kills the girl because of the insult to their honour'" (para 10).
Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Instead, her [Zeenat Rafiq] mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled, 'I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,' the mother’s sister told Agence France-Presse at the time"(para 5-6). Rafiq had eloped with a man her family had rejected marriage proposals from (ENB-Coder Comment)."Authorities arrested the mother and later Rafiq’s brother, Anees Rafiq, and charged them in the young woman’s death. The mother confessed almost immediately, telling police, 'I have no regrets,' according to the Associated ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Women and girls in Chechnya are subject to honour killings, domestic violence, abductions for marriage and early marriages"(para 4)."In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)."Victims rarely dare to seek redress, and when they do, regional law-enforcement agencies often do not react or openly obstruct. In Chechnya the state protection that victims do get sometimes involves officials who collude with suspected perpetrators. Sergey Bobrov, a federal official, the head of Chechnya’s investigative committee, tried to investigate honour killings which implicated local security officials, but received threats and was six ...more
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

“The 16-year-old was kidnapped from her home near Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and put inside a vehicle that was set alight, police said. … Police say the victim's mother and the leader of the local council, or jirga, are among several people arrested. The killing has been linked to orders given last week by the jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, in Makol village, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. According to police, the 15-member jirga had ordered the girl, named as Amber, to be killed and set alight as punishment for helping her friend to marry of her own free will. The girl was kidnapped, drugged and killed and then placed ...more
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

“In July, Qandeel Baloch, a social media celebrity known for her risque online posts was killed by her brother for bringing dishonor to the family. She became a feminist icon after her murder shocked the nation” (para 11).
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There was also concern, when this case surfaced, about honor killings, she said" (para 23).
June 8, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Two Kurdish German men accused of helping to kill their sister in 2005 because of her Western lifestyle were acquitted Tuesday in a Turkish court, in the latest failed attempt to prosecute them in a case that became a benchmark for cultural tensions between Turkey and Germany. The sister, Hatun Surucu, 23, was killed at a Berlin bus stop when her youngest brother [who was imprisoned for 9 years in Germany] fired three bullets into her head. The brothers said the family’s honor had been offended because she divorced the man her family had forced her to marry at age 16 and then began dating and refused to wear a ...more
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-LAW-1

"The criminal code excuses a husband who kills his wife or her partner found engaging in an act of adultery in his home, but a wife who kills her husband under similar circumstances is subject to prosecution" (24).
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions, where adherence to indigenous religious beliefs remained strong, rural women and men suspected of witchcraft were banished by their families or traditional village authorities to 'witch camps'...Some persons suspected of witchcraft were also killed" (14).
March 3, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Ritual killings in which limbs, genitals, or other organs were amputated occurred and often went unpunished. The practice was driven by the belief that certain body parts enhanced certain strengths. Blood was also used in rituals...During the year no arrests were made for ritual killing" (15).