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Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

June 29, 2022, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"[The Committee] notes with concern: (a) The limited access to and gender-based violence and discrimination in the health-care system faced by... women in prisons and women using drugs" (13).
June 29, 2022, 10:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Another woman, Karen, was 21 and pregnant when she fainted alone in her grandmother’s home. She woke up handcuffed to a hospital gurney and lost the pregnancy. A police interrogation led to an aggravated homicide conviction in 2015 and a 30-year prison sentence. 'They told me that I was a murderer and that I was going to pay for what I had done,” she said, “that I was going to rot in jail.' In prison, other inmates told Karen she didn’t deserve to live. She spent seven years locked up, drawing strength from her son and belief in her innocence, and was released in December" (para 22-24).more
June 29, 2022, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A woman has been jailed for 30 years in El Salvador for 'aggravated homicide' after suffering a miscarriage. The mother-of-one, 28, had an obstetric emergency while pregnant in 2019 and took herself to hospital seeking urgent medical care. The woman, identified only as Esme, lost her unborn baby during treatment and now the Central American country has imposed its draconian anti-abortion laws on the housewife. A woman has been jailed for 30 years in El Salvador for 'aggravated homicide' after suffering a miscarriage" (para 1-4). "Over the last 20 years, El Salvador has criminally prosecuted 181 women who suffered obstetric emergencies" (para 13).
June 21, 2022, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Guyana

"The Committee expresses concern at the high rates of exploitation of prostitution in the State party, especially at mining sites and in border regions. It is further concerned that women in prostitution are at high risk of abuse and gender-based violence, including extortion and abuse by the police, and of discrimination, including by health practitioners and in the workplace" (8).
June 21, 2022, 8:35 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The Committee welcomes the adoption in June 2018 of the first female offender strategy, aimed at diverting the most vulnerable women in the criminal justice system away from custody through the provision of tailored support, in England and Wales. However, the Committee regrets that the strategy does not cover all administrations of the State party, including Scotland, where the rate of imprisonment of women continues to be high, due to the rise in the use of custodial sentences. It remains concerned about the inadequacy of mental health-care services in prisons and at the disproportionate rates of self-harm and suicide among women" (14).
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"...Prison conditions for women were generally better than for men, but conditions for both populations remained poor, with some overcrowded facilities, poor inmate security and medical care, and a lack of basic supplies for personal hygiene. Authorities acknowledged that staff shortages limited exercise time for inmates on certain days. Female inmates participated more in rehabilitation programs than male inmates" (2).
April 5, 2022, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In general conditions for female and juvenile prisoners were slightly better than for adult male prisoners"(3)."On January 21[2019], police arrested three opposition activists, including activist Nasta Huseva, for painting graffiti that accused police of killing people and featured an antipolice acronym. While the activists were released three days later, they claimed that police mistreated them by not providing food, water, and access to a restroom for at least 19 hours. Huseva also said police interrogated her with no defense lawyer present"(5).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of June the National Penitentiary Institute reported the system had 94,235 prisoners in 69 facilities designed for a total of 39,156 prisoners. Examples of particularly overcrowded prisons included the San Juan de Lurigancho men’s prison, which held 10,842 prisoners in a facility designed for 3,204, and the Santa Monica women’s prison in Chorrillos, which held 741 prisoners in a facility designed for 450" (3). "PNP officials at all levels were implicated in corruption scandals during the year. In September, PNP commander Manuel Hiraldo Morillo Cribilleros, head of the Criminal Division of Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios region, was arrested during a large-scale law enforcement operation targeting the...more
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of 31st December 2008, in female prisons and in female wings of prisons there were 2,526 women, that is 4.35% of the whole Italian prison population; the mothers imprisoned who were keeping their babies with them were 53, and the whole number of children in prison with their mothers amounted to 55. Those figures are very changeable, since the stay of the children in our penitentiary structures only lasts for the time necessary to grant an alternative measure to the imprisoned mother...Female prisoners and children...benefit from the services offered by...the medical, nurse and technical staff who work in the prison. Moreover, they...benefit from other specialists: paediatrics, gynaecologist, puericulture specialist...more
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On July 12, the Sentence Tribunal of Cojutepeque, Cuscatlan Department, convicted five police officers and four members of the armed forces of deprivation of freedom, sexual abuse, and threatening and torturing a young woman. The court sentenced them to three years in prison and fined each $1,000"(5).
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Overcrowding existed in men’s and in women’s prisons. The National Prison Institute (INPEC), which operated the national prisons and oversaw the jails, estimated there were 124,574 persons incarcerated in 133 prisons at a rate of approximately 50 percent over capacity" (6).
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female detainees generally had better conditions than male detainees" (3).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In May a court sentenced police officer Jorge Ramirez Bogarin to four years in prison for wounding a woman who was trying to assist Rodrigo Quintana, a Liberal Party official…" (1). "...As of October 1, the average occupancy rate for both male and female penitentiaries was three times above the NMPT’s occupational index, based on a standard of at least 75 square feet for each inmate..." (3). "In the first 10 months of the year, the Prosecutor’s Office received thousands of reports of sexual abuse against children. In September a prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office indicted 13 navy officers who had sexually abused a 13- year-old girl at a...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The constitution and law prohibit such practices, but there were reports from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and media that police and gendarmes mistreated and abused prisoners, pretrial detainees, Roma, and other vulnerable persons, including homeless persons, women, sex workers, and substance abusers, primarily with excessive force, including beatings" (3).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities mostly held migrant mothers and children in separate, more spacious facilities, but continued to restrict their freedom of movement" (5).
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique

"Government agencies and NGOs implemented public outreach campaigns to combat violence against women nationwide. Police and NGOs worked together to combat domestic violence. The PRM operated special women and children’s units within police precincts that received high numbers of cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against children" (15).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On March 9, media reported the number of female detainees in Antanimora Prison went from an average of 300 in previous years to 423. The official capacity was 125. The 423 inmates included 332 in pretrial detention, 10 of whom were pregnant, and 18 children younger than age two who were incarcerated with their mothers...Authorities did not always hold juveniles separately from adults, and some children under school age shared cells with their incarcerated mothers. According to the Ministry of Justice, 65 percent of the 44 prisons holding juvenile detainees had separate areas for minors in 2018" (4). "According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), almost one...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There were continued reports that police raped female and male detainees" (7). "On June 9, six individuals, including four police officials, were convicted for a 2018 gang rape and murder of a girl in Jammu and Kashmir" (42). "In May the Delhi High Court examined the extended delays of child sexual abuse cases in Delhi, numbering 6,414 cases, and directed the Delhi government to establish 18 more fast-track courts to address pending cases" (51).
Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Conditions in Gabode Prison for women were similar to those for men, although less crowded. Authorities allowed young children to stay with their mothers" (3).
Jan. 21, 2022, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There were two separate prisons for women, one in the capital Nouakchott and the other in the country’s second-largest city, Nouadhibou. Almost all supervisors of female inmates were male because the all-male National Guard was assigned the task of supervising prisons nationwide. The few female supervisors in prisons were not members of the National Guard but rather were members of civil protection teams (firefighters). Detention conditions for women were generally better than those for men" (3). "Defendants enjoy the right not to be compelled to testify or confess guilt and have the right of appeal. These rights extend to minorities and men but do not extend equally to women... Courts...more
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In March, Amnesty International released a report detailing incidents of police raping and abusing sex workers. Nearly one-half of the victims were transgender women. They testified that police raped them at gunpoint and threatened to arrest or kill them if they did not comply with the police’s sexual demands. The report suggested that colonels and other senior police officers participated in these acts" (2-3).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In 2017 the NCAJ reported that, despite the legal requirement to separate male prisoners from women and children, the mixing of genders and ages remained a problem in some police station detention facilities and court holding cells. Of the facilities inspected by IPOA between October 2018 and September, only 71.2 percent had separate cells for adult female offenders, 8.5 percent had separate cells for female juvenile offenders, and 16.1 percent had separate cells for male juvenile offenders. Sexual abuse of female prisoners was a problem. Human rights groups reported police routinely engaged in nonconsensual sex with female prisoners, and many female inmates resorted to prostitution to obtain necessities, such as...more
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities held women prisoners separately from men, and juveniles younger than age 20 separately from adults in prisons and regular detention centers" (2).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Reports of rape and sexual abuse of women in police or protective custody continued. The Center for Women’s Resources noted that many of the rapes occurred in connection with police antidrug operations; however, updated data for 2018-19 has yet to be released" (6). "There were 82 female dormitories across all BJMP facilities as of July, a net increase of three facilities in 2018 as a result of the construction of 29 new jail facilities and the closing of 26 old facilities" (7). BJMP stands for Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (JLR-CODER COMMENT). "Prison authorities did not uniformly enforce BJMP and BuCor regulations that require holding male and female inmates...more
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The DGAPR reported there was no discrimination in access to health services or facilities based on gender for female prisoners" (5).
Jan. 5, 2022, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There are different holding cells for men and women. For the women, there are female police custodial officers (when imprisoned) that guard the female suspects and convicts. In my opinion, the police tend to take women complaints/cases more serious. This new shift has been in place the last couple of years. Do police and custodial corps need extra support in order to provide better support and services for women? Yes, most definitely, as police struggle with victim support (rape, trafficking, terrorism, etc) for both women and children. There are no facilities that offer accomodation and care for victims of crimes although at times we use our Police Orphan Center to...more
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Some older facilities experienced maintenance problems that contributed to poor detention conditions. There were no specific facilities for pretrial detainees. Conditions were similar for both genders. The Federal Center of Expertise on Healthcare, supported by the local section of the International Observatory for Prisons, highlighted staff shortages and lengthy wait times for inmates to see medical practitioners" (2).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The children of female inmates frequently lived with their mothers in prison, although prisons accepted no responsibility for their care or feeding. Inmate mothers occasionally received help from local and international nongovernmental organizations" (3).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he NGO Human Rights Watch released a report based on interviews with four men who were detained for periods of three and 20 days between December 2018 and February 2019... One was reportedly raped with a stick" (8). If the police also rape men, then police rape is not a differential treatment for women (SFR - CODER COMMENT). "There were reports of rape and sexual abuse by government agents. For example, according to press reports, on August 27, two police officers in the city of Anapa in the Krasnodar region threatened a 17-year-old girl with arrest and administrative charges in order to force her to engage in sexual acts" (8)....more
Dec. 3, 2021, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"There were two women’s prisons, one each in Miranda and Zulia States. The law stipulates women in mixed prisons must be held in annexes or separate women’s blocks. A local NGO reported that male and female prisoners intermingled. Former Maduro regime security forces and law enforcement authorities often held minors together with adults, although separate facilities existed. Because institutions were filled beyond capacity, hundreds of children accused of infractions were confined in juvenile detention centers, where they were reportedly crowded into small, unsanitary cells" (6). "...The OVP reported a generalized lack of medical care, drugs, equipment, and physicians for prisoners. Inmates often received the same pills regardless of their symptoms,...more