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June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"Pervasiveness of gender-based violence against women and girls in the State party, including the alarming and increasing rates of femicide, hate crimes against lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and intersex persons, domestic violence, and rape and incest resulting in forced pregnancy, and the absence of reliable disaggregated data and of effective preventive strategies" (6).
June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"The 2010 Acid Control and Acid Crime Practice Bill makes maiming or killing via corrosive substance a crime and imposes stiff penalties against perpetrators. As with other laws, these measures are not applicable to FATA and PATA unless the president issues a notification to that effect. Nevertheless, there were numerous acid attacks on women across the country, with few perpetrators bought to justice. According to a panel organized by the HRCP in October, more than 98 percent of registered acid-attack cases remained unresolved. The HRCP alleged that authorities registered 150 to 400 cases of acid attacks each year. In May, two women suffered burn injuries when a man, in a...more
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"'Some of the families who abandon the baby kill the girl and tell everyone she killed herself,' she added. 'Or they will lock her in the house because they are never going to trust her anymore. She is basically in prison in the home. It is rare cases when they would not be killed or locked inside'" (para 13).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India

"So-called honor killings remained a problem, especially in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. These states also had low female birth ratios due to gender selective abortions. On August 21, the Supreme Court sought suggestions from NGO Shakti Vahini and khap panchayats on ways to prevent harassment and killings of young couples in the name of family honor. The most common justification for the killings cited by the accused or by their relatives was that the victim married against her family’s wishes" (39).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"Governors used this provision widely, including to place women in “protective detention” when family members threatened to kill them to protect family honor. Although incarcerated indefinitely, these women faced no legal charges and posed no threat to public safety. Human rights advocates estimated authorities held 40 to 50 women under protective detention throughout the year" (8). "In March the Court of Cassation toughened the sentences against two men convicted of killing their sister in an honor crime to 15 and 20 years imprisonment" (31).
June 7, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"In relation to the crime of 'honour killings' and murder of women, UNAMA found that the police often failed to forward these cases, particularly “honour killings” cases to prosecutors. UNAMA notes that the failure of law enforcement authorities to take action in “honour killings” and murder cases of women and girls undermines efforts to promote the rights of women, erodes the rule of law, contributes to an expectation of impunity, discourages the reporting of these cases and increases citizens’ perception of a corrupt and unreliable justice system in Afghanistan. UNAMA highlights that the wide use of mediation in criminal offences of violence against women promotes impunity, enables the reoccurrence of...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria

"Gender aspects have been consistently incorporated into the National Strategy on Violence Prevention in Schools. Information and teaching material, workshops, dialogues and qualification initiatives for students and key multipliers in schools all address (sexual) violence against women and girls, honour crimes, stereotyped beauty ideals for girls, bullying in schools and anti-sexist boys work" (16-17). This implies there might be honor crimes and that the government is working towards reducing them (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee remains concerned at the increasing prevalence of violence against women in the northern Caucasus, as well as of harmful practices, such as child and/or forced marriage, abduction of women and girls for forced marriage, crimes in the name of so-called honour, female genital mutilation and polygamy, notwithstanding the criminalization of such practices by federal law" (6)
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden

"The Committee further welcomes various measures taken, including legislative amendments, to combat harmful practices, including forced and child marriage, female genital mutilation and crimes in the name of so-called honour" (7).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"Cases of 'honor' killing--the murder of a daughter or sister who 'shamed' the family--occurred, particularly in rural areas. Most cases of honor killing went unreported, and authorities investigated very few instances. There have been reports that family members murdered both male and female victims of rape or sexual abuse who reported the crime, to protect the family’s honor" (36). "Cases of 'honor' killing--the murder of a daughter or sister who 'shamed' the family--occurred, particularly in rural areas. Most cases of honor killing went unreported, and authorities investigated very few instances. There have been reports that family members murdered both male and female victims of rape or sexual abuse who reported...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and crimes in the name of so-called honour, as well as the adoption of the Forced Marriages (Countermeasures) Act, which entered into force in December 2015. Nevertheless, the Committee notes with concern that: (...) (d) Women and girls continue to be at risk of female genital mutilation, forced marriage and crimes in the name of so-called honour" (6).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"The most significant human rights issues included greatly reduced penalties for so-called 'honor killings'" (1). "The law permitted honor as a lawful defense in violence against women, and honor killings remained a serious problem throughout the country. Some families arranged honor killings to appear as suicides" (41).
May 14, 2019, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan

"'The father was one who ordered people to kill his daughter because she refused to get married. The first accused is called Anyich,' he said" (para 5). "'This is a barbaric act that needs immediate intervention from the government. This is the second incident of its kind because last year a girl was impregnated and then her father beat her to death,' he said" (para 7).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine

"The law precludes 'family honor' as protection for perpetrators in 'honor killing' crimes, although some NGOs argued the law was not sufficiently enforced" (104).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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