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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
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"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
Dec. 2, 2021, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In response to the CPT report, authorities on Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten implemented improvements. On Curacao this included a renovation of the immigrant detention center. On Sint Maarten the government upgraded all nine cells at the police station and repaired structural damage to the prison caused by hurricanes. Sint Maarten officials also recently reopened the juvenile detention center. On Aruba repairs and upgrades included those to a cell block, the solitary confinement area, and the female inmates’ facility" (3). This indicates that there are separate facilities for men and women on Aruba (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"PA prisons continued to be crowded and lacked ventilation, heating, cooling, and lighting systems conforming to international standards. Authorities at times held male juveniles with adult male prisoners... Conditions for women were similar to those for men" (62). "Some women claimed that when they reported harassment, authorities held them responsible for provoking men’s harassing behavior" (95).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Despite IPS regulations prohibiting holding transgender prisoners in solitary confinement, transgender women who had not undergone full gender adjustment were being held under segregation, according to ACRI" (45).
Nov. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women reported lack of access to feminine hygiene products and inadequate prenatal care [in prison]" (4).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"[L]arge numbers of individuals suspected of links to the Gulen movement or PKK were exposed to brutal interrogation techniques aimed at extracting forced confessions or coercing detainees to incriminate others. Reported abuse included ...sexual assault" (6). "After inspecting [a trans woman's] identity card, police asked her, 'Aren’t you ashamed? You are a man, why do you dress like a woman?'; when she tried to record their remarks, police used pepper spray before beating her and bringing her to the police station" (65).
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The SPT received complaints from female convicts in various prisons of limited opportunities for physical exercise, education, and job training for eventual release. It reported discrimination against women in facilities that also incarcerated men" (3).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A 2017 HRMMU special report on sexual and gender-based violence in the conflict, the most recent one available, noted that both sides committed these abuses, and that the majority of cases occurred in the context of detention. In these cases both men and women were subjected to sexual violence. Beatings and electric shock in the genital area, rape, threats of rape, forced nudity, and threats of rape against family members were used as a method of torture and mistreatment to punish, humiliate, or extract confessions. The HRMMU noted that women were vulnerable to sexual abuse at checkpoints along the contact line" (20). This part of the report discusses the conflict...more
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"...According to the CPT, in some pretrial detention centers, detainees did not have consistent access to food and water. According to the UN SRT, most hygienic products including toilet paper, soap, and feminine hygiene products were not provided, and detainees relied on supplies provided by family or donated by humanitarian organizations. In some facilities cells had limited access to daylight and were not properly heated or ventilated. UN and other international monitors documented systemic problems with the provision of medical care. The CPT observed a lack of medical confidentiality, poor recording of injuries, and deficient access to specialists, including gynecological and psychiatric care. There was a shortage of all kinds...more
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities generally held men and women separately, with some reported exceptions in local detention centers... Authorities sometimes kept children in prison with their mothers until age three, according to a former political prisoner" (4).
Oct. 18, 2021, 6:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In January the Paris Criminal Court sentenced two police officers to seven years in prison for raping a Canadian tourist in 2014 inside police headquarters" (2). "NGOs agreed that detention conditions for women were often better than for men because overcrowding was less common" (4).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In October, two police officers in Thuringia were taken into custody for raping a woman while on duty. After checking a Polish couple’s identity papers and determining they were fake, the officers drove the woman to her apartment, where they allegedly raped her. According to the public prosecutor’s office, the officers could face between three and 15 years in prison if found guilty. Police are also investigating the two officers’ past assignments to determine whether they may have committed similar crimes previously. The investigation was continuing as of November" (2-3). "In December 2018 an off-duty police officer in Berlin raped a 24-year-old woman. Following consensual sex, the police officer asked...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
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"There were reports of sexual assault committed by police. In June, two military police officers were arrested for raping a 19-year-old woman in Praia Grande in the state of Sao Paulo. The two officers were offering the woman a ride to a local bus stop when one officer moved to the backseat with her and raped her. As of June 28, the officers were awaiting trial. The Favela Circuit for Rights also reported documented cases of sexual assault by police. In August a 31-year-old lesbian woman reported two military police officers, Sergeants Hugo Borges Gomes and Caio Cesar Borba Brandao, raped and physically assaulted her in the city of Goiania....more
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of August, the Bamako Central Prison held 5,966 prisoners in a facility designed to hold 400, doubling last year’s inmate numbers, likely as a result of population growth, staffing shortages, and a magistrate’s strike. Detainees were separated by gender and general offense type (terrorist vs. criminal). Detention conditions were better in women’s prisons than in those for men. Authorities held pretrial detainees with convicted prisoners. Authorities detained 230 persons arrested on charges related to terrorism in the high-security division of Bamako Central Prison and in Koulikoro. The general security situation and the growing population of Bamako exacerbated already poor prison conditions by increasing the numbers of pretrial detainees and...more
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
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"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).