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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 25, 2018, 8:57 p.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).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.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
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 6, 2018, 8:37 p.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
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
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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