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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he Committee is concerned about the fact that: (a) Many cases of gender-based violence and discrimination against women and girls are referred to jirgas and shuras for advice or resolution, especially in rural and remote areas; (b) The decisions adopted by such informal justice mechanisms are frequently discriminatory towards women and do not comply with the Constitution or the Convention; (c) Crimes against humanity, including gender-based violence against women and girls, continue to go unpunished" (4). "[T]he Committee recommends that the State party:...(b) Revise the draft law on conciliation of civil disputes to ensure that cases of gender-based violence and discrimination against women are adjudicated by the ordinary courts rather...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Defectors and media also reported that the government carried out infanticide or required mothers to commit infanticide if they were ... raped by government officials or prison guards" (2). "Anecdotal 2017 reports from the South Korea-based NGO Database Center for North Korean Human Rights stated that in some prisons authorities held women in separate units from men and often subjected the women to sexual abuse. Reports from previous years have attributed rape to the impunity and unchecked power of prison guards and other officials. A 2018 Human Rights Watch report provided defector accounts of sexual abuse at detention centers between 2009 and 2013. Victims alleged widespread sexual abuse at holding...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'This is more a cemetery than a country,' one banner stated. The women called out: 'My girlfriends protect me, not the police.' But it says quite a lot about Guatemala that one of the initiators of the campaign, who worked in public administration, was fired shortly afterward" (para 10). "Carmen Quintela is another woman who wants to change this state of affairs. Quintela, a Spanish journalist, ended up in Guatemala eight years ago. Today, she is a member of the team running the most important independent news portal in the country, Ocote. The website recently exposed the rape of a woman by two policemen whom she had previously called for...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Persons accused of a crime who are age 17 or older are tried as adults and, if convicted, sent to adult prisons. Authorities held male prisoners younger than 17 in four separate detention facilities operated by the national Child and Youth Welfare Agency. There was no separate facility for juvenile female prisoners because there were very few such prisoners" (2).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As time went on, the priest claimed the gods had revealed to him that Tachira was responsible for more strange deaths and calamities. By the time she was 31, she was made to answer for her supposed crimes. 'I was summoned to the chief’s palace over these charges,' she says. 'None of my denials would make them change their perception of me. I was eventually obligated to go through rituals meant to test my innocence. In the process, I was stripped naked, shaved, and walked through the market center for three days. Then I was confined. The majority of these rituals were performed at night. I was subjected to beating,...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In September 2018 Liang Songji and Zhang Wuzhou witnessed police officers beating and forcing female lawyer Sun Shihua to strip naked at a police station in Guangzhou’s Liwan District" (65). "Other protesters [in Hong Kong] alleged police sexually assaulted them while in police custody. Several activists alleged that police abused detainees at the San Uk Ling Holding Center, including breaking bones and sexually assaulting detainees" (110).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of August 30, prisons overall had fewer inmates than the official capacity of the system, although five facilities exceeded capacity. Both prisons for females exceeded capacity" (2).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Overcrowding in prisons continued to be a serious, widespread problem. Based on standards recommended by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 28 of 34 provincial prisons for men were severely overcrowded. In September the country’s largest prison, Pul-e Charkhi, held 13,453 prisoners, detainees, and children of incarcerated mothers, 58 percent more than it was designed to hold...Authorities generally lacked the facilities to separate pretrial and convicted inmates or to separate juveniles according to the seriousness of the charges against them. Local prisons and detention centers did not always have separate facilities for female prisoners. According to NGOs and media reports, authorities held children younger than age 15 in...more
Aug. 30, 2021, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A visit on February 7 to Ellebaek by the ombudsman uncovered overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, no staff in the women’s ward, minimal staff in the remainder of the center, low levels of activities for prisoners, and high rates of attempted suicide"(2-3).The absence of staff in the women's ward shows us that women were neglected in this prison(NK-CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Overcrowding was a problem.... In most prisons there was no separation of adult and juvenile prisoners (including children living with incarcerated mothers) or of persons convicted of serious crimes, minor offenses, or in pretrial detention.... Local NGOs maintained that allowances for food and other necessities were inadequate in many cases. Observers continued to report that authorities misappropriated allowances for prisoners’ food, xacerbating malnutrition and disease. Authorities did not provide updated figures on the number of prisons in which inmates had access to clean water, although as of 2016, 18 of 29 prisons provided clean water" (3-4).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"PW reported, however, that with the exception of the FCCSL, conditions in detention centers in the rest of the country, including lighting and ventilation for male prisoners, were generally better than for female prisoners" (p 3). "Several prisons held infants, most of whom were born in prison and initially kept there with their mothers. Once these children were weaned, authorities released them to family members or to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs, which placed them in foster care" (p 4).
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Prison conditions for women were marginally better than those for men"(7).
Aug. 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Conditions for female inmates were generally better than those for men but were nevertheless unsafe and unhygienic" (p 4).
July 30, 2021, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The outcry over the murder increased scrutiny of the detained women's rights activists, who also include Nouf Abdelaziz, Mayaa al-Zahrani, Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Saada, Shadan al-Onezi, Amal al-Harbi and Mohammed al-Rabia. They say some of the women, including Hathloul, were held in solitary confinement and subjected to mistreatment and torture, including electric shocks, flogging and sexual assault. Saudi officials have denied those allegations. Hathloul, who had advocated an end to the driving ban and the kingdom's male guardianship system, was previously detained twice, including for 73 days in 2014 after she tried to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates" (para 23-25).
July 21, 2021, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"After filing a number of complaints about him to the police, he verbally threatened to kidnap and murder her if she did not drop the case against him, and the police's failure to take action resulted in him carrying out those threats" (Para 5). "A lack of legislation that specifically targets and penalises gender-based violence against women, in addition to the prevalence of laws that enable such abuse – such as a law that allows a male kidnapper to marry their victim, or Article 153 that justifies the murder of a woman by her male family member if she was 'caught by surprise' in the act of adultery, plus a...more
July 20, 2021, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Worryingly, it is also not unusual for police officers to be the perpetrators. According to the Kosovo Police Inspectorate, PIK, in 2019 there were 11 cases in which police officers were accused of domestic violence and nine in 2020" (Para 22-23).
July 16, 2021, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Ethan Michelson, an Indiana University sociologist who analyzed tens of thousands of divorce cases between 2009 and 2016 in two Chinese provinces, found that women who allege domestic violence were no more likely to have divorces granted" (para 21).
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female judicial police staff reportedly guards female detainees in al-Quafiya prison" (p 5).
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2016 a new wing for female prisoners was opened which has resolved the problem of overcrowding of female prisoners" (p 3). "In a January interview by a local newspaper, 15 female prisoners complained that “Central Prison” (in TRNC) authorities did not provide soap, and they had to purchase it themselves. The women said there are fewer social activities for women than for men and requested more sports equipment. The women also stated the prison’s visitation policy of 30 minutes every 15 days was inadequate" (p 27).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1).
July 9, 2021, 11:33 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'Our bodies are not battlefields — we demand justice for the 16 women who were raped by agents of the Anti-Riot Mobile Squadron during the protests,' the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom declared" (Para 2).
July 9, 2021, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Between January and June IPOA observed that authorities separated women from men in detention facilities on average 89 percent of the time in the 29 detention facilities its representatives visited. In smaller jails, female prisoners were not always separated from men. There were no separate facilities during pretrial detention, and sexual abuse of female prisoners was a problem. Human rights groups reported that police routinely solicited sex from female prisoners and that many female inmates resorted to prostitution to obtain necessities, such as sanitary items and underwear, which the Prisons Service did not provide" (p 5). "On October 6, the Daily Nation newspaper reported a witness had accused a police...more
July 9, 2021, 11:47 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Much of the world has been stunned after a group of Australian women had their genitals 'invasively examined' after a premature baby was found at Hamad International Airport in Doha. The thirteen travellers were hauled off a Sydney-bound flight on October 2 and led through the terminal to ambulances where they were subjected to medical checks to determine if they had just given birth. One of the women who was strip searched told the ABC she would take part in a class action if the 12 other women came forward.Two of the 13, who wanted to remain anonymous, said no one at the airport spoke English or tried to explain...more
July 9, 2021, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A group of Indonesian female cyclists have been forced to apologise for violating Islamic sharia laws by wearing 'sexy' clothes in a team photo. The nine women were summoned by authorities in the conservative province of Banda Aceh after a photo circulated online.The women were pictured in long-sleeved pink t-shirts and dark trousers, and most were not wearing headscarves under their helmets.The picture enraged the mayor who ordered officers to track the group down, and made the women undergo religious counselling. The women were pictured in long-sleeved pink t-shirts and dark trousers, and most were not wearing headscarves under their helmets'They have violated the Islamic sharia provisions in our province...more
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Rahaf[Mohammed al-Qunun] fled her 'abusive' family while travelling in Kuwait, and had flown to Thailand in the hopes of reaching Australia to seek asylum. But she was stopped in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport by Kuwaiti and Saudi embassy officials, she said, and has since been held in an airport hotel awaiting deportation. She said a Saudi official in the Thai airport confiscated her passport after her father reported her for travelling without her male 'guardian'. He claimed she was mentally ill but failed to provide any evidence"(para 13,14)."If women are caught running away, they can be pressured to return home or placed in shelters where often the only way out is...more
June 30, 2021, 9:05 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-3, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Barrera said his human rights group has intervened on several occasions against what it saw as excessive punishment of young Indian women. In one such case, two teen-ager girls were jailed for a week in Cochoapa, a village near Metlatonoc, for having affairs with local men. The men, Barrera said, were not punished" (para 21).
June 30, 2021, 3:57 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he SDF released a video today where soldiers toured an ISIS 'religious police' headquarters where women were tortured with poles and chains if they were spotted without their faces covered" (para 15).
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In December, UNJHRO reported that at least 528 women were victims of arbitrary arrest during the year" (p 10). "The SSF, RMGs, and civilians perpetrated widespread sexual violence (see section 1.g.). During the year the United Nations documented 267 adult victims and 171 child victims, including two boys, of sexual violence in conflict. Crimes of sexual violence were sometimes committed as a tactic of war to punish civilians for having perceived allegiances to rival parties or groups. The crimes occurred largely in the conflict zones in North Kivu Province and in the Kasai region, but also throughout the country. The 2013-14 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) found that more than...more
June 29, 2021, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1).
June 25, 2021, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A masked sharia officer known as an 'algojo' rained down between eight and 32 strokes from a rattan cane on their backs after they were caught with members of the opposite sex. The six men and five women - all in their late teens and early twenties - were rounded up by religious officers who caught them behaving amorously, a crime under local law. Authorities gave few details, but couples have been whipped in the past for cuddling or holding hands in public" (para 6-8).