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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor, and the government effectively enforced these prohibitions. Resources, inspections, and remediation were adequate. Penalties were sufficient to deter violations" (26).
Sept. 21, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Significant human rights issues included: ...the use of forced or compulsory child labor; the use of domestic forced labor through mass mobilizations and as a part of the re-education system; and the imposition of forced labor conditions on DPRK overseas contract workers" (1). "Reports noted authorities subjected children to forced labor for up to 12 hours per day and did not allow them to leave the [prison] camps" (21). The law prohibits forced or compulsory labor. Nonetheless, the government mobilized the population for construction and other labor projects. 'Reformatory labor' and 're-education through labor,' sometimes of entire families, were common punishments for political offenses. Forced and compulsory labor in such...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"There were multiple media and NGO reports that persons detained in the internment camps in Xinjiang (see section 6) were subjected to forced labor. The detainees mostly worked in textile factories producing garments. In June a factory investigation report stated apparel made at a forced labor camp in Xinjiang was imported by a U.S. athletic gear provider" (82). "Although in 2013 the NPC officially abolished the re-education through labor system,... numerous media outlets and NGOs reported forced labor continued in prisons as well as drug rehabilitation facilities... In August an NGO report stated prison labor was used in cotton production in Xinjiang" (83). "The law does not prohibit all forms...more
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor. The government did not effectively enforce the law. Officials reported difficulties in verifying working conditions and salaries in the informal fishing, agricultural, construction, and domestic-service sectors. Legal penalties for forced labor were stringent, including imprisonment and fines, but these penalties were insufficient to deter violations. Although the government made efforts to highlight the problem of forced labor, the extent to which these efforts were effective remained unclear. Moreover, there was some evidence that employers, particularly those operating brick kilns, were violating the law prohibiting forced or bonded labor, and that some local government authorities were turning a blind eye to...more
July 22, 2021, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Boko Haram fighters targeted women and girls with rape and other sexual violence, amounting to war crimes, during recent raids in northeast Nigeria, new research by Amnesty International has revealed" (Para 1). "'As Boko Haram continue their relentless cycle of killings, abductions and looting, they are also subjecting women and girls to rape and other sexual violence during their attacks. These atrocities are war crimes,' said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria" (Para 4). "One woman was physically assaulted by Boko Haram fighters as she fled from an attack in late 2020. She crawled to a home and hid there with her children, and saw fighters return and enter...more
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"RMGs and some FARDC (The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) elements kidnapped numerous persons, generally for forced labor, military service, or sexual slavery" (p 5). "According to media reports, members of the FARDC (The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) raped as many as 25 women in Makobola, 14 miles south of Uvira, in late September and mid-October after the withdrawal of a Mai Mai group that had been operating in the area" (p 17). "RMG members raped men, women, and minors as part of the violence among and between them and the FARDC. Statistics on rape, including rape of males, were not...more
June 29, 2021, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The passage of the [Yazidi Female Survivors Law]... makes Iraq one of the first Arab countries to focus 'institutional attention on female survivors of conflict-related sexual violence'" (para 3).
June 25, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed acknowledged in a speech to parliament on March 23 that 'atrocities were being committed by raping women' and promised that the perpetrators would be punished. But no charges have been announced by civilian or military prosecutors against any soldiers" (para 22-23).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"On May 15, HRW reported that since 2015 UPDF soldiers (deployed as part of an African Union effort to eliminate the Lord’s Resistance Army, a nonstate armed group) had sexually abused and exploited at least 13 women and girls in the Central African Republic. HRW reported that a UPDF soldier raped a 15-year-old girl in Obo village, while other soldiers offered food and money to girls and women in exchange for sex. According to HRW, in 2016 the UPDF investigated certain rape allegations against its soldiers and 'found no evidence of wrongdoing.' According to HRW, three of the victims said that UPDF soldiers threatened reprisals if they told Ugandan and...more
June 24, 2021, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3, GEW-DATA-1

"But the attack, which also dragging in soldiers from neighbouring Eritrea, has unleashed a wave of ethnic violence that has seen civilians indiscriminately killed, with hundreds of thousands displaced and left without food...'Of the people who traveled with them, some were reportedly killed particularly youngsters, people were reportedly beaten, women were subject to rape, some were pregnant and delivered on the way losing their babies'...This week, Abiy acknowledged for the first time that atrocities such as rape had been committed and said any soldiers committing crimes would be punished. But some of the worst atrocities have been blamed on soldiers from Eritrea, meaning Abiy's ability to act against them is...more
June 24, 2021, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"But the attack, which also dragging in soldiers from neighbouring Eritrea, has unleashed a wave of ethnic violence that has seen civilians indiscriminately killed, with hundreds of thousands displaced and left without food...'Of the people who traveled with them, some were reportedly killed particularly youngsters, people were reportedly beaten, women were subject to rape, some were pregnant and delivered on the way losing their babies'...This week, Abiy acknowledged for the first time that atrocities such as rape had been committed and said any soldiers committing crimes would be punished. But some of the worst atrocities have been blamed on soldiers from Eritrea, meaning Abiy's ability to act against them is...more
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
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"[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
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"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
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"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).