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April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"[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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
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