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Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Violence against women, including so-called honor killings, remained a significant problem, and child marriage persisted. The government did not effectively protect women, children, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) persons from abuse, discrimination, and violence" (page 3). "So-called honor killings of women remained a problem. Most honor killings occurred in conservative families in the rural Southeast or among families of migrants from the Southeast living in large cities. Individuals convicted of honor killings may receive life imprisonment, but NGOs reported actual sentences often were reduced due to mitigating factors. The law allows judges, when establishing sentences, to take into account anger or...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A 24-year-old Pakistani man was mutilated in a so-called honor killing, police said. Allah Ditta was stabbed multiple times by five men Tuesday in Pakistan's Dera Ghazi Khan district, authorities said. The men attacked Ditta as he went to meet a woman with whom he was having an affair, police Officer Ali Muhammad said. The victim and the woman were married to other people...So-called honor killings in Pakistan have gained notoriety worldwide, but cases of men killed in such attacks are rare. Many of these killings involve relatives slaying young women accused of dishonoring the family" (para 1, 2, 3...6, 7). "Many of these killings involve relatives slaying young women...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that women and girls have been subjected to increasing levels and different types of gender-based violence, such as domestic violence, forced disappearances, torture and murders, especially feminicide, by state actors, including law enforcement officials and the security forces, as well as by non-state actors such as organized crime groups" (3). "The Committee notes with concern that this situation results in discriminatory provisions against women or to different definitions and sanctions related to, inter alia, rape, abortion, forced disappearances, trafficking, injuries and homicide for reasons of so-called honour, as well as on adultery across the 32 states of the State party" (3). This shows there might be...more
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-DATA-1

"Cases of domestic homicides of women perpetrated in defense of family honor continued to occur within the Arab community, contributing to a disproportionate number of killings of Arab women (see also section 6, Women, Rape and Domestic Violence)" (para 147)
Oct. 24, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Unless violence itself is enacted as a matter of public show, it rarely is reported. For example, reports include instances of honour killing, acid attacks and physical abuse in the form of murder or even attempted murder — all forms of violence extreme and brutal. Women rarely step out of their homes to point fingers at their own families. The guilt that women are socialised to associate with being an ‘inferior gender’ legitimises violence that most victims of abuse are then subjected to. When it comes to reporting abuse, sometimes suicide is resorted to as the best alternative to speaking out" (para 6 - 7).
Oct. 18, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"In most cases, a bride who doesn’t bleed is “returned” to her father by her husband, divorced immediately, or in some cases even killed" (para 17).
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The 2014 Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights study found that judges in first instance courts reduced sentences on claims of “honor” killings in 29 out of 37 rulings, in a random sample of cases between 1993 and 2013" (para 9). "WCLAC documented 23 killings of Palestinian women and girls in 2016 across Palestinian territory, many of which they said were based on “honor”, or the killer claimed it was. Women Media and Development (TAM) said in its 2016 report that the killings actually related to inheritance, revenge, or other reasons but that the killers claimed they related to family honor to receive a lighter sentence" (para...more
Oct. 12, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The scenes, captured by security cameras, are gruesome: A man pummels and kicks his wife in the garage of their building. She tries to flee, but he forces her into the elevator. They go up to their fifth-floor apartment. Less than 20 minutes later, he takes the elevator back down — to fetch her bloody, lifeless body, which had plummeted to the sidewalk below. The footage from the night of July 22, first broadcast Sunday on the popular television program Fantástico, has been playing repeatedly on national television. The graphic, blow-by-blow view into what domestic violence really looks like is challenging the widespread notion that you shouldn’t “stick a spoon”...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Honor killings remained a serious problem throughout the country. Some families arranged honor killings to appear as suicides" (para 247)
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a girls schoolteacher has been declared Kari (liable to be killed in the name of “honour”) for establishing a primary girls’ school in a feudal area. She was earlier kidnapped by her maternal uncle and detained there for two months, where she was tortured and asked to wind up the school and turn it into a place of recreation for powerful people of Jacobabad District. Her male family members, with the connivance of a tribal leader of her caste, have allegedly hired four killers to murder her and her husband in the name of 'honour'" (para 1). "One officer, Mukhtarkar,...more
Sept. 19, 2018, 12:11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

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

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

“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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"[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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

". . . 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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
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).