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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-3

July 22, 2021, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Rape and other forms of sexual violence constitute war crimes in the context of the conflict, as defined under the Rome Statute" (Para 15).
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-2, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"UNICEF and MONUSCO attributed some abuses of children, including mutilation of children and use of children in combat in the Kasais, to harmful traditional and religious practices. The United Nations reported that Kamuina Nsapu militias often put children, particularly young girls, on the front lines of battle, believing they have powers that could protect them as well as other fighters. For example, it reported Kamuina Nsapu militias often believed young girls could trap bullets fired at them and fling them back at attackers. The Kamuina Nsapu also reportedly slashed children’s stomachs as part of an initiation ritual to see if they would survive and how the wound would heal" (p...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
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, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is fanning those flames by rejecting calls for unity and resurrecting the militias that only a few years ago turned public hospitals into torture chambers and raped women who stepped out of line" (para 8).
Dec. 23, 2020, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"ISIS has now taken over the cities of Mosul and Tikrit and has reportedly ordered the families to hand over their daughters to the militants. Mirror reported that in the captured towns, the militants have been distributing leaflets which state: 'Women virgin or not must join jihad and cleanse themselves by sleeping with militants'" (para 3).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Susan Rice, then US Ambassador to the UN, also made an unsubstantiated allegation that Qadhafi was giving his troops Viagra to encourage mass rape" (3). "While there is growing evidence that Qadhafi used sexual exploitation and abuse as physical and psychological weapons against his detractors and their families, or as a reward for his supporters, it was not a new phenomenon of the revolution" (4). "Of critical importance, internationals discovered that even though Qadhafi had used sexual violence as a strategic tactic of terror for decades, the International Commission of Inquiry (ICC) “did not find documented evidence to substantiate claims of widespread sexual violence... such as to amount to crimes...more
Sept. 28, 2020, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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. 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. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3, GEW-DATA-1

“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).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Nonstate militant groups kidnapped boys and girls and used fraudulent promises to coerce parents into giving away children as young as 12 to spy, fight, or die as suicide bombers. The militants sometimes offered parents money, often sexually and physically abused the children, and used psychological coercion to convince the children the acts they committed were justified" (21).
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Married Chinese Muslim women are regularly forced to share the same bed as male officials sent by government to monitor them when their husbands are being indoctrinated in internment camps, it has been revealed" (para 1). "Uighur wives from China's Xinjiang Province have been required to 'invite' inspectors into their homes under a mandatory surveillance programme when their spouses are under detention, according to reports" (para 2). "With their husbands away from home, those Muslim women must provide information about their lives and political views to the male inspectors, who call themselves their 'relatives', it is reported" (para 3). "The news came as Beijing is reportedly encouraging Han men to...more
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:56 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"In 2016, abductions for recruitment by the Lord’s Resistance Army increased slightly, and 16 Burundian child soldiers and one Rwandan child soldier, some recruited from refugee camps, were stopped by government officials while reportedly transiting through the DRC to fight in armed groups in Burundi. Child soldiers separated from armed groups and reintegrated into society remain vulnerable to rerecruitment, as adequate rehabilitation services did not exist for children suffering severe psychological trauma, stigmatization may interfere with community reintegration. There were no confirmed cases of child soldier recruitment by the FARDC for the fourth consecutive year. An international organization verified the FARDC used children in support roles, including for sexual slavery...more
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:54 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-PRACTICE-1

"In February 2018, an international organization estimated that there were more than 150 different armed groups in the DRC. In 2018, several armed groups continued to abduct and forcibly recruit Congolese men, women, and children as combatants and in support roles, such as guards, porters, cleaners, cooks, messengers, spies, and tax collectors at mining sites; women and girls were forced to marry or serve as sex slaves for members of some armed groups" (160).
Aug. 15, 2019, 6:44 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"During the reporting period, there were two cases, verified by an international organization, of children used—but not recruited—in support roles by the FARDC, one for sex slavery and domestic servitude and the other for forced labor; the government redeployed one commander allegedly responsible for these crimes to a different regiment and did not report holding him or other allegedly complicit officials accountable" (159).
July 21, 2019, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Women in conflict-affected areas are often unable to access the humanitarian aid of which almost 19 million people in Yemen are in need. They are stifled by social restrictions on their freedom of movement, fear of abuse at militia-held checkpoints and the rising costs of transportation, as many roads are closed or have been destroyed because of the ongoing fighting" (para 8).
July 21, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The narrative of throwing out intruders to save the Hindu rashtra is integral to the ‘education’ being imparted to the young tribal girls spirited away from home. Even when they themselves, ironically, bec­ome outsiders in the process. The Bodo and adivasis girls, taken away from their homes, have now emb­raced patriarchal ideas of honour, sati and jauhar instead of turning to their own brave tribal women warriors like Tengfakhri, who fought criminals in the British era instead of committing suicide like the Rani of Chhota Kashi. The ‘bravery’ being instilled in these girls is limited to the Sangh’s Hindu state-building efforts as wives, mothers, recruiters and sometimes propagandists. They return...more
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The practice of girl compensation--compensating the family of a crime victim with a girl from the perpetrator’s family--occurred. Victims were generally between ages 11 and 15, did not attend school, and often were physically and sexually abused and used as servants by their captors. Local officials complained that the absence of security and rule of law in many areas impeded efforts to curb the practice" (Pg 36).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The government claimed, based on statements of several women formerly associated with Maoist groups, that sexual violence, including rape and other forms of abuse, was a practice in some Maoist camps" (16).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"On May 7, Israeli border police shot and killed a 16- year-old Palestinian, Fatimah Hjeiji, after she brandished a knife at police officers near the Old City’s Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. B’Tselem and witnesses quoted in media reports said that Hjeiji did not pose a danger given that she stopped several yards away from the officers, who were behind a metal barrier and wearing protective gear. According to Israeli police, Hjeiji had written a letter bidding farewell to her family, indicating she intended to be killed by police" (58).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"In co-operation between the entity ministries of health and UNFPA, resource packages have been developed to support victims of gender-based violence and victims who survived conflict related sexual violence in the health sector in FBiH and RS. In 2017 the Inter-Religious Council of BIH adopted the Declaration to suppress the stigma against the persons who survived Conflict Related Sexual Violence in BiH, signed by representatives of all religious communities in BiH, urging the citizens, local communities and public institutions not to discriminate, deny, suppress or stigmatize persons who survived conflict related sexual violence" (13).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"There were reports of forced marriages of women and girls for sexual slavery among Da’esh fighters" (para 9). "The SNHR reported that psychological torture methods included forcing prisoners to witness the rape of other prisoners, threatening the rape of family members (in particular female family members), forced undressing, and insulting prisoners’ beliefs" (para 24). "Various NGOs, including HRW, AI, and the SNHR, continued to report widespread instances of rape and sexual abuse, including of minors" (para 25). "The COI also reported that government personnel raped and used other forms of sexual violence against women in detention facilities as well as at checkpoints. A July SNHR report noted that Hama State...more
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The woman -- one among the thousands who were raped during the multilateral conflict involving various Serbian and Croat entities with Bosnia and Herzegovina -- was repeatedly raped during an attack on her village of Orahova in 1992, according to media reports. Estimates by various human rights groups suggest that up to 60,000 women -- mostly Muslim Bosniaks -- might have been raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers. 'Many women were raped, sometimes repeatedly, in front of family members in their homes. Others were raped in public, outdoors, in broad daylight,' the Women Under Siege project run by U.S.-based Women’s Media Center, said" (para 2, 3, 4).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Further, the Constitution provides immunity to the military and Government officials for any misdeeds, including conflict-related sexual violence, in office and ensures that all military matters are to be decided solely by the military" (page 2). "Violence against women is committed by both public and private actors and the military and police are perpetrators of sexual violence against women not only in areas of active conflict but also in non-conflict zones . . . In only the nine months from July 2015 to April 2016, approximately 40 villages reported almost 300 cases, including domestic violence cases, non-state actor violence, and state-sponsored sexual violence cases" (page 20). "In a troubling trend,...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Da’esh reportedly detained children in schools, prisons, and airports and separated girls above the age of 12 from their families to sell them in Da’esh-controlled areas for sexual slavery" (para 109). "UNAMI reported that by year’s end Da’esh held approximately 3,500 persons in slavery, predominantly women and children from the Yezidi community, as well as other ethnic and religious minorities from the Sinjar District of Ninewa Governorate. On June 25, according to UNAMI, Da’esh moved 42 Yezidi women to Mayadeen, Deir ez Zor Governorate in eastern Syria, and sold them to Da’esh fighters for amounts ranging from 553,180 dinars to 2.2 million dinars ($500 to $2,000) each" (para 110). "The...more
July 21, 2018, 5:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

" Malikzada's is only the latest in the contemporary history of assassinations of Afghan women for their work. In September 2008, Malalai Kakar was shot by two unknown gunmen on the way to her work in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Her teenage son was seriously injured. She was perhaps the most prominent female police officer, and she was known for standing up for victims of gender-based violence. After her murder, A Taliban spokesman took credit for the job with pride. Malalai Kakar, Benafsha, Hanifa Safi, Safia Ahmed-jan, Zakia Zaki and Shaima Rezayi are only a few of the dozens of women have been killed under the watch of the internationally backed government...more
July 16, 2018, 4:02 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Tunisia has embarked on a bold and painful experiment, gathering testimony from victims of six decades of abuses under two dictatorships before its revolution four years ago led to a still-fledgling democracy. Already, thousands have arrived to lodge complaints at the country’s Truth and Dignity Commission, which is scheduled to begin public hearings in June with the goal of exposing the violations, making reparations and holding the abusers accountable in a search for national reconciliation. Just a few months into the process, 12,000 victims have come forward, most of them men. But what has surprised even longtime human rights activists is the number of women starting to tell stories of...more
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, GEW-DATA-1

"The Committee notes with concern the absence of specific mechanisms within the justice system aimed at providing reparations and compensation to women who suffered sexual violence and other violations of their human rights during the de facto regime in the State party from 1973 to 1985. It also notes the absence of processes aimed at establishing the truth about violations of women’s human rights during that period" (page 8).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee notes that the State party is currently facing a series of terrorist and other violent acts, and fully acknowledges the need to protect its citizens from such acts. The Committee recalls, however, that human rights must be protected, even in the context of counter-terrorism measures. The Committee notes with concern that a high number of predominantly Kurdish civilians, including many women, have reportedly been killed or have been subjected to violence, including sexual violence, committed in the context of counter-terrorism operations by the Turkish security forces against the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which is regarded as a terrorist organization by the State party and by certain other States,...more