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Sept. 19, 2018, 12:11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"Farzana Parveen was 25-years-old and three months pregnant when she was stoned to death by members of her own family outside of a court house in Lahore, Pakistan as passersby watched on, making no efforts to save her. The story sent shockwaves through the country and even led to death sentences for those involved. But cases like that of Parveen, who was killed because she married against her family’s wishes, are sadly prevalent" (para 1). "In patriarchal societies like Pakistan, women often bear the burden of a family’s honor — which their parents or spouses might feel is compromised when a woman marries according to her own wishes or else...more
Sept. 15, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea

"A young girl has been brutally tortured in Papua New Guinea after being falsely accused of practising sorcery. The girl, believed to be about six years old, is now in hospital receiving treatment for extensive wounds and burns after members of her community tortured her with hot knives" (para 1-2). "The girl is believed to be the daughter of Kepari Leniata, who was burned alive in Mt Hagen in 2013, after also being accused of practicing sorcery, or sanguma, as it is a locally known" (para 5). "Mr Lutz said the torture of the girl was directly related to the accusations laid against her mother. 'Part of the urban legend...more
Sept. 15, 2018, 3:54 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea

"A young girl has been brutally tortured in Papua New Guinea after being falsely accused of practising sorcery. The girl, believed to be about six years old, is now in hospital receiving treatment for extensive wounds and burns after members of her community tortured her with hot knives" (para 1-2). "The girl is believed to be the daughter of Kepari Leniata, who was burned alive in Mt Hagen in 2013, after also being accused of practicing sorcery, or sanguma, as it is a locally known" (para 5). "Mr Lutz said the torture of the girl was directly related to the accusations laid against her mother. 'Part of the urban legend...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"The country employs judicial supervision for individuals considered at risk from relatives committing honor crimes against or otherwise harming them" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu

"Traditional beliefs in sorcery fueled violence against persons marginalized in their communities. Women were often targets of opportunity. Finance Minister Willy Jimmy reportedly advocated the death penalty for persons accused of practicing sorcery. Police generally treated sorcery-related violence as assault" (14).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"In April the high court of Zurich confirmed the six-year prison sentence of a 51-year-old Kurdish man who incited his former brother-in-law to kill his sister, the man’s ex-wife, and her new partner in an honor killing" (16).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa

"There were reports that persons accused of witchcraft were attacked, driven from their villages, and in some cases killed, particularly in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and Eastern Cape Provinces. Victims were often elderly women. Traditional leaders generally cooperated with authorities and reported threats against persons suspected of witchcraft" (45). "Ritual (“muthi”) killings, to obtain body parts believed by some to enhance traditional medicine, persisted. Police estimated organ harvesting for traditional medicine resulted in 50 deaths per year...The trial continued in the 2014 murder case of Desiree Murugan. The NPA moved the case to a higher court, and testimony from the 18-year-old who pled guilty in the original trial (and was serving...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea

"There were numerous press reports of vigilante killings and abuses. Many killings were related to alleged involvement in sorcery and witchcraft and typically targeted the most vulnerable persons: young women, widows without male sons, and the elderly" (19-20). "After several incidents in August and September, observers concluded that the number of women being tortured and killed under sorcery accusations was increasing. Many believed sorcery-related violence was used to mask violence against women or to attain revenge against another group or individual. Reliable data on the issue remained elusive" (20). "As of September 21, there were two indictments but no convictions in a highprofile 2013 case in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Traditional beliefs about witchcraft negatively affected rural women, especially widows, the elderly, persons of low economic status, or members of the Dalit caste. Shamans or family members publicly beat and otherwise physically abused alleged witches as part of exorcism ceremonies. Media and NGOs reported numerous cases of such violence, and civil society organizations raised public awareness of the problem. Women and in some instances men accused of witchcraft were severely traumatized and suffered physical and mental abuse, including being fed human excreta, being hit with hot spoons in different parts of the body, being forced to touch hot irons or breathe in chili smoke, having their genitals perforated, or being...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait

"Although officials did not report any honor killings during the year, there were familial attacks by male family members on female family members that fit the category of potential honor killings" (24). "Media reported in November that a bidoon man stabbed his sister three times because he was upset she “was planning to stay alone in an apartment.” A local contact reported that in December family members raped, beat, and sexually assaulted a noncitizen woman for converting to Christianity from Islam" (24).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt

"There were no reliable statistics regarding the incidence of killings and assaults motivated by 'honor,' but observers stated such killings occurred, particularly in rural areas. On April 22, police arrested three suspects related to an 'honor' crime in Minoufia governorate after a husband killed his wife for allegedly committing adultery" (38).
Aug. 6, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro

“gender-based violence against women, including gender-based killings, remains prevalent and socially accepted in the State party, in particular among the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities” (6)
July 14, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Turkey

"Cilem Karabulut turned herself in to the police and admitted to killing her husband, Hasan, aged 33, with his handgun. But Karabulut insisted that she was defending her "honor;" the husband had allegedly beaten, drugged and abused her (para 2). "Karabulut set a precedent when she defended the murder by referring to the importance of her honor, as so-called "honor killings" had so far been considered reserved only for men murdering women" (para 4). ""To be honest, it’s rare that you come across a story like this in Turkey," she said. "But remember that more than 150 women have been killed by their husbands, fathers or brothers so far this...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"The high prevalence of harmful practices, including . . . the killing of older women accused of witchcraft . . . ritual killings and attacks on persons with albinism, including women and girls, the use of their body parts for purposes of witchcraft . . . " (page 5). "While noting the policy and institutional measures taken to investigate and prosecute cases of killings of persons with albinism, the Committee is concerned that the number of prosecutions and convictions remains low. The Committee is deeply concerned about the discrimination, stigmatization and social exclusion faced by persons with albinism, including women and girls, and the severe threats to and attacks on...more
June 10, 2018, 8:24 a.m.
Countries: Peru

"Social norms have yet to catch up with the legal standards, advocates say. Last year, a congresswoman, Maritza García, was forced to resign from her position leading a legislative committee on women and families after saying women 'sometimes give men the opportunity' to kill them. 'Many times, you can have an aggressor who is acting totally normal and, suddenly, the woman makes him flip out by telling him: ‘I’m leaving you’ or ‘I’m cheating on you,’' Ms. García said. 'Those phrases should never be said by a woman'" (Para 11-12). "One of the most notorious cases of sexual violence in recent years was in 2015 when Adriano Pozo was recorded...more
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"[The State does not] Protect older women, including those accused of witchcraft, from all forms of violence, including lynching, and ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted and adequately punished" (14)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

". . . a large number of women are murdered by their intimate or former intimate partners or husbands or members of their families . . . protection orders are rarely implemented and are insufficiently monitored, with such failure often resulting in prolonged gender-based violence against women or the killing of the women concerned" (page 8). ". . . despite the State party’s ratification without reservations of the Istanbul Convention, which is welcomed by the Committee, discrimination and violence targeted at lesbian, bisexual and transgender women continues; this violence is exacerbated by impunity for the perpetrators of hate crimes, including severe violence against and killings of lesbian, bisexual and transgender...more
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"According to human rights groups, so-called honor killings of women in Chechnya, Dagestan, and elsewhere in the North Caucasus district continued," (53). "Human rights groups further reported that so-called honor killings were underreported and rarely prosecuted because of community collusion to cover up such crimes, although there were instances in which such killings led to convictions," (54).
May 4, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: South Korea

"The country awoke on May 17 to shocking news that a young woman had been stabbed to death in a bar restroom in a busy shopping district in Seoul. Reports of murder are hardly rare in this country, but the 30-something male suspect’s motive stunned people. After the arrest, he told the police that he committed the crime because women had always ignored him" (pp 3)
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices by launching awareness-raising campaigns, but remains concerned that such stereotypes and practices remain prevalent. The Committee is particularly concerned about the persistence of such harmful practices as child marriage, families choosing husbands and the payment of a bride price or dowry, which remain prevalent in rural and remote areas and among minority communities. It also notes with concern the re-emergence of concepts of justice (kanun) and codes of conduct that condone killings of women and girls in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 5).
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei

"The Committee is gravely concerned at the State party’s restrictive interpretation of sharia law and at the adverse impact on women’s human rights of the recently adopted Sharia Penal Code Order 2013, which, under its third phase of implementation, will impose the death penalty by stoning for several 'crimes', in particular adultery and extramarital relations ( zina). While noting that the same penalties apply to women and men, the Committee is seriously concerned that women are disproportionately affected by punishment for 'crimes' involving sex, and are at a higher risk of being convicted of adultery and extramarital relations, owing to discriminatory investigative policies and provisions on the weighing of evidence....more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia

"The Committee is nevertheless concerned about...The extremely low number of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators in cases of violence against women, including in cases of femicide" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"The Committee is, however, concerned at the persistence of adverse cultural practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which are perpetuated by secret tribal societies such as the Sande and the Poro...The Committee is particularly concerned that the secret tribal societies continue to perpetrate harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, through their initiation rites, and that practices such as trial by ordeal for women and girls accused of witchcraft, as well as ritual murders, are rife" (6).
March 27, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: India

"Conviction rates for dowry deaths at all-India level have hovered around a low of one-third of registered cases. In fact, the conviction rate was about 32% in 2001 and fell to about 30% in 2016, pointing to growing inefficiency of the judicial and police systems. Besides, in several states (notably Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Telangana), the conviction rates were abysmally low (10% or lower). Worse, in some of these states (notably, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh), there were sharp reductions from already low levels in 2001" (para 3).
March 16, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkey

"A handful of public attacks by male strangers on women because of the clothing the women were wearing garnered media attention last year" (para 22).
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland

"While noting the intention of the State party to establish a national register of persons with albinism, the Committee is deeply concerned at the gruesome murders of women and girls with albinism, whose body parts are harvested for rituals. The Committee is particularly concerned at reports that, in the past, perpetrators of such murders were prosecuted for less-serious crimes, such as causing grievous bodily harm, and therefore received lenient sentences upon conviction. The Committee recommends that the State party urgently establish a national register of persons with albinism and provide protection to women and girls with albinism. The State party should ensure that all complaints relating to violence against women...more
Feb. 21, 2018, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Syria

"Two teenage girls have been stoned to death by ISIS extremists after they were found in a house with two men - who were each flogged 50 times. The girls, Hasna, 17, and Madiha, 16, were accused of committing adultery and executed in front of a crowd of hundereds in Deir ez-Zor city, eastern Syria" (para 1-2). "The website quotes local activist Ahmed Ramadan as telling ARA News: 'The execution took place in the Hamidiya district of Deir ez-Zor on Tuesday afternoon, where hundreds of people gathered to witness the stoning of the two young girls" (para 5). "Last week it was reported that four women were stoned to death...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman

"[The Committee] remains concerned, however, about...The persistence of crimes committed in the name of so-called 'honour'” (7).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine

"Murders of women have been on the rise in recent years. Every time, the perpetrators use the pretext that they were driven to murder by an 'offence against honour'. In most cases, the legal system is lax about imposing penalties, a thorough investigation is not conducted, and the elements and conditions for exonerating factors are granted" (10). "Unfortunately, that repeal has not stopped murderers of women from using other provisions, including the following: general provisions on exonerating and mitigating circumstances contained in penal codes; the provision for mitigating circumstances when a person commits a crime in a fit of rage (1960 Penal Code, article 98); waiver by relatives (the family...more
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina

"Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the persistence of discriminatory stereotypes about the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, the intersecting forms of discrimination and the deep-rooted machismo culture in the State party, which underpin discrimination and gender-based violence against women, including sexual and domestic violence and femicide" (6-7). "Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned at...The hate crimes against lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, including reports of harassment by the police, murders of transgender women and the killing of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists, and the absence of statistical data on the number of complaints about such crimes, investigations, prosecutions and convictions of...more