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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

March 16, 2021, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“During the Genocide, Rwandan women were subjected to sexual violence on a massive scale, perpetrated by members of the infamous Hutu militia group known as the Interahamwe” (para 23).
March 13, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Somalia

"Internally displaced women and girls remain at particular risk of sexual and gender-based violence by armed men and civilians" (para 15).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"South Sudan's civil war is a conflict now known for its brutality against civilians; the toll on women stands out especially. A detailed UN human rights report released in May accuses both the government and the rebels of horrific sexual crimes against women. And the areas in and around the UN's supposed safe havens themselves are not immune from the predatory behavior. 'The scale and ferocity of the sexual violence against South Sudanese women that we are witnessing in the current conflict has not been seen since some of the darkest atrocities of the [previous] civil war, pre-2005,' says Lydia Stone, a senior adviser to South Sudan's Ministry of Gender,...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"But when the war started, Nur stayed home again. Assad’s soldiers were everywhere, harassing girls at checkpoints and kidnapping them" (para 18).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee calls upon the State party...To amend and/or repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act so that sexual violence against women perpetrated by members of the armed forces or uniformed personnel is brought under the purview of ordinary criminal law and, pending such amendment or repeal, to remove the requirement for government permission to prosecute members of the armed forces or uniformed personnel accused of crimes of violence against women or other abuses of the human rights of women and to grant permission to enable prosecution in all pending cases; (c) To amend section 19 of the Protection of Human Rights Act and confer powers to the National Human...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Between January and September 2019, Documenta, an NGO, registered 39 war crime cases against 59 defendants before courts in Croatia. In the same period, 15 people were convicted for war-related crimes, including one for sexual violence" (para 7).
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"The 15-year-old girl, crying and terrified, refused to release her grip on her sister’s hand. Days earlier, Islamic State fighters had torn the girls from their family, and now were trying to split them up and distribute them as spoils of war. The jihadist who had selected the 15-year-old as his prize pressed a pistol to her head, promising to pull the trigger. But it was only when the man put a knife to her 19-year-old sister’s neck that she finally relented, taking her next step in a dark odyssey of abduction and abuse at the hands of the Islamic State. The sisters were among several thousand girls and young...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Syria

"[W]hen the war started, Nur stayed home again. Assad’s soldiers were everywhere, harassing girls at checkpoints and kidnapping them" (para 18).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In recent weeks, women living under Isis control have been seized from their homes and raped" (para 2). "Meanwhile, in communities occupied by Isis, fighters have kidnapped women from their homes, telling their families that these attacks are justified by a 'sexual jihad'. Four women committed suicide after militants raped them" (para 9). "Rape is a terrifyingly common weapon used to terrorise and control communities during warfare" (para 10).
Dec. 23, 2020, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"With the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fast moving towards Baghdad after its most recent victory over the strategic Shiite town of Tal Afar, the terrorist group has started targeting woman, forcing them to marry or sleep with the militants" (para 1). "ISIS fighters now have the religious right to rape woman as a Saudi-based cleric has issued a fatwa - a religious order that allows the militants to rape women in captive towns" (para 4).
Dec. 23, 2020, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Mali

"Menaka consists mainly of Nigerian soldiers. They are often patrolling. But far from reassuring the population, these patrols have no effect on the terrorists. Instead, the MNLA and accomplices have strengthened their position in Menaka. Also, they carried on up dozens of women to other locations. These poor ladies are now used as 'sex slaves.' These are the same women who are manipulated and forced to march to demand the withdrawal of the Malian army" (para 4).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Iman al-Obeidi, the young woman who broke her story of alleged gang rape by Qadhafi soldiers to the world press in March, 2011, was the first to draw attention to the issue" (3). "At least in the international arena, a belief that mass rape was being perpetrated by the regime’s soldiers began to be widely promulgated" (3). "In his 2012 Report, he stated that positive steps had been made in implementing gender-responsive peace building" (8).
Sept. 28, 2020, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"During nationwide protests in mid-January, following the president's sudden announcement of a fuel price increase, security forces responded with lethal force, killing at least 17 people, raping at least 17 women, shooting and injuring 81 people, and arresting over 1,000 suspected protestors during door-to-door raids. In the months that followed,d several civil society activists, political opposition leaders, and other critics of the government were arbitrarily arrested, abducted, beaten or tortured. Little to no efforts were made to bring those responsible for the abuses to justice" (para 1). "Security forces appeared to take advantage of the general unrest during the protests and crackdown to commit rape and other serious abuses" (para...more
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"In the southwestern municipality of Tumaco, where sexual violence, including by armed groups, is pervasive, women face an array of obstacles in ensuring protection and accountability" (para 42).
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:52 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"Gender-based violence, including by armed groups, is widespread in Colombia. Lack of training and poor implementation of treatment protocols impede timely access to medical services and create obstacles for women and girls seeking post-violence care and justice. Perpetrators of violent, gender-based crimes are rarely held accountable" (para 41).
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In the eastern province of Arauca, on the border with Venezuela, a FARC dissident group has committed serious abuses against civilians including those who defy the group’s 'rules'. Abuses include murder, sexual violence, child recruitment, kidnappings, and forced labor. In some cases, fighters from this group have taken victims across the border to Venezuela" (para 7).
Sept. 13, 2020, 9 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In August 2019, the FFM called on Myanmar’s security forces to stop using sexual and gender-based violence, including rape and gang rape, against women, children and transgender people, to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities. The military has used sexual violence to devastate communities and deter women and girls from returning to their homes" (para 2). "The laws, policies, and practices that underpin the government’s persecution of the Rohingya—and which serve as causal factors for the killings, rapes and gang rapes, torture, and forced displacement by the military and other government authorities—remain in place" (para 5).
Sept. 11, 2020, 8:52 p.m.
Countries: Libya

"Migrants and asylum seekers who are captured at sea and returned to Libyan territory are placed in detention under the GNA Interior Ministry, where many suffer inhumane conditions including beatings, sexual violence, extortion, forced labor, and inadequate medical treatment, food and water. The Department for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM), under the GNA Interior Ministry, manages the formal migrant detention centers, while smugglers and traffickers run informal ones" (para 34).
Aug. 30, 2020, 8:39 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"Human Rights Watch and other organizations documented a system of organized rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage by ISIS forces of Yezidi women and girls from 2014 to 2017. However, no ISIS member in Iraq has been prosecuted or convicted for those specific crimes" (para 32).
Aug. 30, 2020, 5:04 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"On February 16, a group of armed separatists abducted 170 students, mostly girls under 18, a teacher, and two guards from a boarding school in Kumbo, North-West region. They were all released the following day amid rumors of ransoms being paid" (para 17). "On June 18, separatists kidnapped at least 40 people, including women and children, beat and robbed them in Bafut, North-West region. They were released the following day" (para 19).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

“For the last 16 years we’ve been living in a state of war in the east of our country. It’s a war of aggression with neighbouring countries. There are national armed groups and there are foreign groups who pillage our region…It’s women’s bodies who are used as battlefields in this war...Thousands of women are raped with atrocious violence, children are recruited and young women are detained as sexual slaves by the armed groups” (para 3-5).
Aug. 19, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

" Parties to the conflict have accused women of prostitution, promiscuity, and immorality using derogatory terms as part of their public threats and harassment against opponents" (para 24).
Aug. 16, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"Kyrgyzstan announced steps toward repatriating some of the hundreds of citizens detained in Iraq as spouses and children of Islamic State (ISIS) suspects, and said it already had an agreement to return some 70 children from Iraq" (para 14).
Aug. 13, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Attacks by a suspected Islamist armed group, locally known as both Al-Sunna wa Jama’a and Al-Shabab, continued in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, with armed groups changing their tactics. In addition to beheading people and burning houses, the group became implicated in kidnapping of women, as well as attacks on public transport and killing of military personnel. The extremist group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for at least two of the attacks; however, the extent of ISIS involvement, if any, is unclear" (para. 6).
Aug. 7, 2020, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The 2018 application process for wartime survivors of sexual violence to be granted legal status as war victims and to seek financial compensation from authorities had limited reach. By June, around 800 survivors of sexual violence had applied, of which 145 had been approved and 102 rejected, and the remaining pending at time of writing. Approved victims receive 230 euros per month and may be eligible for health benefits for illnesses linked to violence suffered during the war. Women survivors are not automatically entitled to free primary or secondary health care, or free psychosocial assistance, unlike other civilian war victims" (para 45).
Aug. 7, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In September, the Belgrade High Court sentenced a former member of the Special Operations Unit, an elite Serbian unit, to eight years' imprisonment for the June 1992 war-time rape of a Bosnian woman in Brcko" (para 14). "Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) expressed concern in July to the UN Security Council that in Serbia, and other former Yugoslav countries, convicted war criminals are considered heroes and glorified by politicians, with widespread denial by public officials of war crimes" (para 19).
Aug. 2, 2020, 6:20 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"A United Nations report released on September 3, 2019 by the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said UAE-backed forces and armed groups committed grave abuses…including rape and other forms of sexual violence" (para 12).
July 12, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In such a volatile environment, it’s not easy to find much of an audience interested in discussing gender issues or the peculiar problems that women have faced after war. This is both sad and disgraceful, particularly considering the atrocities and savageness many women survived in the 1990s. Mass rape was used as a military tool—predominantly against Bosnian Muslims—alongside forced impregnations of women and other brutal forms of sexual violence. Today, there are still legal discrepancies with international standards, and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women recently recommended the amendment of the Bosnian Criminal Code and a definition of wartime sexual violence 'including a specific...more
June 21, 2020, 7:29 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Russia strongly condemns sexual violence in armed conflict. We have comprehensively supported eradication of this abhorrent war crime. Any sorts of violence against civilians in wartime are absolutely unacceptable."
June 21, 2020, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Action with Women and Peace initiative in June 2018 in order to contribute to addressing the issue of gender-based violence in conflict, providing support for Rohingya refugees ($1 million) and survivors of sexual violence in Central African Republic ($1 million). In addition, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) newly created the "gender-based violence in conflict" section in 2018 within its civil society-government cooperation projects and is carrying out three projects to support woman refugees."