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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland

"The Committee recommends that the State party establish without delay the planned independent national human rights institution, in accordance with the principles relating to the status of national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (the Paris Principles), with a broad mandate to promote and protect women’s rights and gender equality." (para 14). "The Committee urges the State party...To ensure that, in addition to the Exclusion Orders and Ejections Act (No. 85/2011), sufficient shelters with qualified personnel and adequate financial resources are available to women who are victims of violence, including migrant women, rural women and women with disabilities...To open rape crisis centres, walk-in centres and 24-hour free-of-charge...more
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India

"In May, HRW urged UN member countries to call on India to stop targeting NGOs and others who criticized the government or its policies" (22). "In July, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told parliament’s lower house more than 1,000 NGOs were barred from receiving foreign aid after they were found to have 'misutilized' such funds. He said more than 2,000 NGOs have been asked to validate their existing bank accounts designated for receiving funds from abroad. All organizations that received financial aid from abroad must be registered under FCRA. NGOs continued to express concern regarding the government’s enforcement of the FCRA, provisions of which bar some foreign-funded...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China

"The government sought to maintain control over civil society groups, halt the emergence of independent NGOs, and hinder activities of civil society and human rights groups" (51). "Some women’s NGOs that sought to increase public awareness of sexual harassment reported harassment by public security and faced challenges executing their programs. In May police searched the houses of feminists suspected of printing clothing with antisexual harassment slogans. In September 2016 women’s rights activist Shan Lihua was found guilty by the Gangzha District People’s Court in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, of 'picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.' The indictment specifically cited Shan’s activism on a rape case in Hainan Province as evidence, according...more
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"Domestic violence was a persistent and common problem. In a September statement, the resident representative of the UN Development Program voiced concern that every third woman in the country was a victim of physical or some other form of family abuse at some point in her life. According to the Center for Women’s Rights, abused women or victims of rape often did not report the crime due to fear of reprisal, economic dependency, lack of information, physical and social subjugation, lack of measures to prevent reoccurrence, or social stigma. In many cases victims declined to press charges even when evidence of an attack or rape was clear. According to NGO...more
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor

"The secretary of state for gender equality and social inclusion is responsible for the promotion of gender equality. More than 30 NGOs focused and collaborated on women’s issues. During the parliamentary election campaign, this advocacy network signed pacts with the leaders of seven major political parties to uphold and defend the rights of women and children in the program for the new government" (p. 14).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"In June the government coordinator hosted a roundtable discussion gathering 170 government and civil society representatives to exchange views on amendments to the penal code, particularly the article that exonerates rapists who marry their victims. Based on the discussions, the government coordinator recommended abolishing the article, and parliament voted to adopt the recommendation on August 1" (30).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria

"Furthermore, a dialogue with non-governmental organisations whose aim is to fight discrimination and to promote the principle of equal treatment is held annually in keeping with the Equal Treatment Act. This dialogue usually focuses on existing challenges. For example, the most recent event addressed the issue of discrimination and hate on the net" (6). ". In addition to that, the organisation NINLIL 2015 has been officially recognised as a service centre for women with disabilities" (30.
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin

"The government and NGOs educated the public on women’s inheritance and property rights and their increased rights in marriage, including prohibitions on forced marriage, child marriage, and polygyny" (p. 15).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo

"The government and NGOs engaged in a range of actions to prevent early marriage, particularly through awareness raising among community and religious leaders. The Ministries of Education, Gender, and Health led development of the National Program against Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy. Multiple initiatives focused on helping girls stay in school. Messages broadcast through mass media, particularly local radio, stressed avoiding early marriage and the importance of educating girls" (p. 13).
May 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"A number of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local NGOs also work collaboratively with the Ministry of Health to plan, implement, and monitor activities at the national, district, and local levels. All of these activities are reviewed periodically" (10).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee is concerned about the amendments introduced in 2012 to Federal Law No. 121-FZ on Non-Commercial Organizations, upheld by the Constitutional Court in April 2014, requiring non-commercial organizations receiving foreign funding and engaging in 'political activities' to register as 'foreign agents', and about the adverse impact of the amendments on women’s rights organizations. The Committee regrets that the amendments resulted in restrictions on the activities of non-governmental organizations and the suspension or closure of some such organizations working in the field of women’s rights" (4).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"The law regulates associations and foundations and outlines the establishment and activities of NGOs. Authorities require annual registration. The law exempts registered NGOs from taxes and tariffs and requires the government to provide a reason for denying an NGO registration, such as deeming an NGO’s activities 'detrimental' to the state. It forbids NGOs’ involvement in political or religious activities. It permits foreign funding of NGOs. The law requires government observation of NGO internal elections" (25). "Prior to the outbreak of conflict, domestic and international human rights groups generally operated without outright government restriction, but lower-level government officials, particularly those in security organizations, were occasionally uncooperative and unresponsive to human rights...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands

"The Committee also welcomes the fact that, after the consideration of the sixth periodic report, the Government plans to organize, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, a conference to discuss the follow-up to the Committee’s concluding observations, in February 2017" (2). "The Committee is concerned by the potential negative impact of a shift in the State party from institutional funding of women’s non-governmental organizations to project subsidies, which has weakened women’s non-governmental organizations, including those of black and migrant women" (4).
May 25, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"As Afghanistan is moving towards 2014, the year that international troops are set to withdraw, the level of funding and support to Afghanistan human rights, women’s rights and civil society organizations is rapidly shrinking. Many groups, including FOSJ have had difficulty securing funding in 2012. Experience shows that donors’ commitment in Afghanistan is linked to the military presence of donor country troops, and if trends continue, particularly with a lack of funding for core costs of the organizations, the issue of sustainability particularly for small and middle size organizations becomes an issue" (Pg 24).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"The government signed a joint agreement with UNAMI on the Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence in 2016. The government committed to working with the Office of the Special Representative and the UN system to develop and implement an action plan to prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. On August 22, however, UNAMI reported that while the government and KRG had taken some positive steps to further women’s rights, including working to address the needs of ISIS victims, the criminal justice system was often unable to provide adequate protection for women" (40). "The government and KRG also struggled to address the physical and mental trauma endured by women...more
May 16, 2019, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: Morocco

"A year and a half ago after drafting the law, 168 deputies voted today in favor of this law, prepared by the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in exchange for 55 votes against." (para 2).
May 16, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia has been working to ensure that women’s rights are protected and brought to the attention and action of State authorities. The Office is also providing technical support to State officials on better enforcement of existing laws" (para 8).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"Local human rights NGOs, media, and several independent analysts continued to express concern publicly about government actions targeting their work, including the arrests of ADHOC officials. On September 13, authorities arrested Dem Kundy and Hun Vannak, who worked for the NGO Mother Nature, on charges of incitement to commit a felony and violating privacy for filming sand-dredging operations in Koh Kong Province, a politically sensitive environmental issue" (12). "The constitution provides for freedom of association, but the government did not always respect this right, particularly with regard to workers’ rights (see section 7.a.). The LANGO requires all associations and NGOs to be politically neutral, which not only restricts the right...more
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji

"In an attempt to increase respect for human rights by security forces, the FHRADC, international organizations, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a number of human rights training courses with law enforcers. For example authorities conducted human rights and gender training for 28 military officers on May 9" (4)
May 10, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Philippines

"The DOH recommends skilled assistance during delivery to ensure that the pregnant woman and the newborn are managed properly. The DOH has deployed doctors, midwives, and nurses through the Doctors to the Barrios, Midwife Deployment, and Nurse Deployment programs, respectively, to fill in gaps in staffing in local government units (LGUs)" (115). This indicates cooperation with NGOs (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana

"The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) and the Guyana Bar Association revised and disseminated a ‘Citizen-Friendly Legal Rights and Remedies Booklet’ 'Law and You IV' 2011 free of cost, available both in print and electronic versions and disseminated widely. A handbook on the Sexual Offences Act was produced by two local NGOs — Help & Shelter and Rainbow House with funding from Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. UNFPA funded the development of the Plan of Action for the roll out of the 2010 Sexual Offenses Act" (12-13). "Regarding women’s access to justice, legal aid clinics have been established by the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic (GLAC), an NGO, in four...more
April 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Hassan often invited Islamic scholars onto her programs to give their seal of approval. But the Taliban, who espouse a harsh version of Shariah law, view her and other women’s rights activists as purveyors of Western influence who threaten the country’s moral fabric." (para 10). "“The Taliban had a list of all the women who were working in the government, civil society, media, women’s organizations,” she said. “I knew they were going to come for me.” She hid in a relative’s basement for two days before donning an all-covering burqa and fleeing the city." (para 12). "The Taliban held Kunduz for three days, during which they looted businesses and hunted...more
April 24, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Countries: Serbia

"The few official agencies dedicated to combatting family violence had inadequate resources. There were 14 safe houses for women in operation, most operated by NGOs. In a few cases, local municipalities contributed financial support" (page 21).
April 22, 2019, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"The government did not allow international human rights NGOs to be based in the country but, on a limited basis, allowed representatives to visit" (p. 23).
April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"A number of independent domestic human rights groups generally operated without government restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. NGOs reported generally positive relationships with government officials, although officials were not always responsive to their views" (11).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China

"[Hong Kong] The law authorizes the EOC to work towards the elimination of discrimination and harassment as well as to promote equal opportunity between men and women. A Women’s Commission served as an advisory body for policies related to women, and a number of NGOs were active in raising problems of societal attitudes and discrimination against women" (page 114).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire

"Judges’ interpretation of articles 2 and 3 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has evolved in favour of legal action by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) when the offence (crime or misdemeanour) relates to their mission. If, for example, the offence is a human rights violation, NGOs that work to defend human rights have the right to initiate legal proceedings. With the assistance of development partners, access to justice for NGOs that support women is being facilitated" (10). "As part of the follow-up to the recommendations made in the universal periodic review process, the National Coordination of Judicial Actors Against Gender-Based Violence, the NGO SOS Sexual Violence and other actors in the...more
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"The ability of civil society organizations to fight for and protect women’s rights was significantly challenged by judicial harassment, intimidation, detention, and smear campaigns" (36).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"A variety of domestic and international human rights groups generally operated in the country, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. Government officials were rarely cooperative or responsive to their concerns. Official harassment of independent NGOs continued and in many instances intensified, particularly of groups that focused on election monitoring, exposing corruption, and addressing human rights abuses" (44). CC: Lack of government response to human rights NGOs includes NGOs focused toward women and their rights.
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"The government and NGOs continued efforts to abolish such practices by raising awareness concerning the inherent dangers of such behavior [widow inheritance and cleansing], including the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission" (para 86).