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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-1

June 10, 2021, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"This year, on International Women’s Day, March 8, feminists in Mexico demanded that Amlo end the 'patriarchal pact' and rescind his support of the leading gubernatorial candidate in the state of Guerrero, Félix Salgado Macedonio, who is accused of rape, intimidations and threats by at least two women. The president considered the phrase an 'imported expression.' Without evidence, he contended that 'conservative' political adversaries promoted “the simulation of feminism” and he stood by his party’s candidate" (para 12).
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Interrogation of a victim of a crime against sexual freedom and decency should be carried out by an appropriately trained police officer of the same sex, in line with the Order of the Commander in Chief of the Police on the methodology of conducting investigation activities by police services responsible for detecting crimes and prosecuting offenders. A police officer should refer victims of sexual violence to a gynaecological medical examination and, if necessary, should ensure that the Police secures evidence or other materials related to the offence; he/she should also refer the victim to a medical examination for the purpose of assessing the type and nature of sustained injuries. An...more
May 31, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"…a 2019 survey commissioned by Amnesty International revealed that sexual violence is widespread" (para 9).
May 18, 2021, 6:37 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Afghanistan outlawed the practice in 2018, but the country's Independent Human Rights Commission said in September that women were still being forced to undergo the tests" (para 22). This suggests that virginity tests may still be used to shame women in Afghanistan, an indication of rape culture (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
May 18, 2021, 6:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Bangladesh outlawed the tests in 2018" (para 21). Bangladesh, like some other South Asian nations, now outlaws virginity tests (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
May 18, 2021, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"India outlawed the test in 2013, and its court order was quoted by Justice Malik in her ruling in Pakistan on Monday" (para 21). India outlawed virginity tests in 2013 (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
May 18, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights campaigners have welcomed a decision by a Pakistani court outlawing so-called "virginity tests" in rape examinations. The ruling, which applies in Punjab province, will end the practice of physical checks for an intact hymen and the invasive 'two-finger test'" (para 1-2). "Monday's ruling applies in Punjab but may serve as a precedent for petitions in other provincial high courts. A similar petition is currently pending in the Sindh High Court" (para 6). "The 'two-finger test' is performed manually by inserting one or two fingers into a woman's vagina to test for its laxity and for the presence of a hymen - in theory to determine whether or not...more
May 18, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Over 50% of Albanian women have experienced sexual violence. According to a study performed by the Swedish government, U.N.D.P. and U.N. Women, more than 50% of Albanian women have been victims of some form of 'sexual, physical or psychological violence.' This most commonly occurs as a result of a partner’s perpetration" (para 2).
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government may be moving to curtail women's freedoms, but on a grassroots level, women, particularly young women, are becoming increasingly vocal in their demands. Most notably, they have taken to social media to try to get justice for themselves in a nation where sexual harassment and sexual violence are rampant and little is done about it. Through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, they are forcing the issue of consent into the mainstream and challenging the prevailing and widely internalised view that sexual harassment and rape are the fault of the women on the receiving end" (para 13). "Still, Eltahawy finds encouragement in the new openness in discussing sexual pleasure and...more
April 30, 2021, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Last month former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleged she was raped by a senior colleague in defence minister Linda Reynolds' office in 2019. Her allegations have sparked further claims of sexual misconduct within parliament house, prompting an independent inquiry into its workplace culture. Sex Discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins will lead the inquiry and has said current and former staff will have the opportunity to participate in the review" (para 12-14).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Women who suffered or continue to suffer from various forms of violence, especially sexual offenses and mobbing...It is also growing the violence grounded on cultural reasons, especially among immigrant women. As to the latter, the latest figures indicate the reduction of complaints despite the nondecrease of cases of violence" (84).
April 19, 2021, 12:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Several prominent politicians have connected instances of rape and sexual assault to women's outfits, according to the BBC, while restrictions on women and girls' clothing are common in rural India, where some have also been banned from using mobile phones" (para 23).
March 31, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Legal gaps and lack of political will continue to mar accountability for sexual violence, especially for victims from minority communities. A statute of limitations of one year on rape and sexual violence allegations prevents many cases from being brought to justice" (para 13). "Despite numerous protests, the government failed to adopt policies to protect and provide justice for women and girls, especially those from minority communities, who faced rape and sexual violence. Instead, numerous cases are mishandled by authorities, including that of a 15-year-old Dalit girl from Mahottari, in southeast Nepal, whose rape and murder at the end on 2018 the police refused to register during 2019" (para 14). "Crimes,...more
March 13, 2021, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Appeals stalled in the case of the Terrain hotel attack on the outskirts of Juba, in which soldiers raped and sexually assaulted at least five aid workers and murdered a journalist in July 2016" (para 26).
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).
March 13, 2021, 5:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Ten years after security forces massacred over 150 peaceful opposition supporters, and raped dozens of women, at a stadium on September 28, 2009, those responsible have not been tried" (para 11).
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the continuing prevalence of violence against women and girls, including domestic and sexual violence, and about the low prosecution and conviction rates of sexual violence cases" (9).
Feb. 26, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania

“In Tanzania, growing numbers of young girls in early adolescence (12–13 years old) migrate to the cities. They move seeking education or work, but also in many cases to escape abusive family relations and forced marriage. This is a group particularly at risk: research in Tanzania shows that for one-fifth of them, the first sexual encounter is forced, and ‘sexual abuse is so prevalent that it is hardly even noticed or is treated as 'normal'. The corollary to this is the high incidence of HIV/AIDS. In Tanzania, infection rates are 12 and 9.6 per cent for females and males in urban areas, against 5.8 and 6.7 per cent in rural...more
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Along with three of the other attackers, Singh is now appealing against his death sentence. In 16 hours of interviews, Singh showed no remorse and kept expressing bewilderment that such a fuss was being made about this rape, when everyone was at it. ‘A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,’ he said. ‘Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good.’ People ‘had a right to teach them a lesson’ he suggested - and he said the woman...more
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The five per cent conviction rate for rape has been reported in other studies in Pakistan. As a comparison, the conviction rate for rape in neighbouring India is around 26 per cent. In a written statement to the Parliament, the Minister of State for Home Affairs revealed that 24,206 rape cases were registered in 2011 and 5,724 were convicted" (para 20).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Under the Hudood Ordinance, the Courts require four “adult male” eyewitnesses to rape. When a female victim fails to produce four male eyewitnesses, she is then charged under Tazeer for fornication. If the woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape, the rapist/s gets a walk, while the woman is charged with fornication using pregnancy as a proof" (para 7). "A study of 74 cases of rape or attempted rape registered at the Shadman female police station in Lahore during 1995 and 2008 reveal the ugly consequences of inadequate legal frameworks in Pakistan... In the 13-year period , only five per cent accused were convicted of the crime" (para 18)....more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:49 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The French writer Gabriel Matzneff never hid the fact that he engaged in sex with girls and boys in their early teens or even younger. He wrote countless books detailing his insatiable pursuits and appeared on television boasting about them. 'Under 16 Years Old,' was the title of an early book that left no ambiguity. Still, he never spent a day in jail for his actions or suffered any repercussion" (para 1-2).
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia

“Those who make it home - some with stories of being raped by multiple men or being sold from one house to another - rarely go to the police, as immediate relatives are usually complicit” (para 28).
Feb. 15, 2021, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1

"Engaging in sexual relations with minors is illegal in Egypt. Brokers can help with that too, forging birth certificates or substituting the identity card of the girl’s older sister" (para 11).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

“Yazgül Yılmaz v. Turkey (1 February 2011): In this case the applicant complained that, at the age of 16, she was sexually harassed while in police detention. She was given a gynaecological examination – unaccompanied and without her or her guardian’s consent – to verify whether her hymen had been broken. After being acquitted and released, she suffered from post-traumatic stress and depression. Her allegations of assault in custody were largely corroborated by subsequent medical examinations. No disciplinary proceedings were brought against the prison doctors concerned. The Court noted that that the law at that time did not provide the necessary safeguards concerning examinations of female detainees and that additional...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“W. v. Slovenia (no. 24125/06) (23 January 2014): This case concerned criminal proceedings against a group of men who had raped the applicant in April 1990, when she was 18 years old. The applicant complained in particular that the long delays in the criminal proceedings had been in breach of the State’s obligation to effectively prosecute the criminal offences committed against her. While she was awarded compensation at national level for the distress she suffered as a result of the lengthy proceedings, she considered that the amount of 5,000 euros paid to her could not be regarded as sufficient redress. The Court held that there had been a procedural violation...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:02 p.m.
Countries: Russia

“Maslova and Nalbandov v. Russia (24 January 2008): The applicant, who had been called in for questioning at her local police station, was coerced by police officers into confessing to involvement in a murder. One police officer put thumb cuffs on her, beat her, raped her and then forced her to perform oral sex. Subsequently he and another officer repeatedly hit her in the stomach, put a gas mask over her face, blocking the air to suffocate her, and ran electricity through wires attached to her earrings. When allowed to go to the lavatory, she tried to cut the veins of her wrists. Three prosecution officers, after interrogating her at...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Romania

“E.B. v. Romania (no. 49089/10) (19 March 2019 (Committee judgment)): The applicant complained that the Romanian authorities had failed to investigate her allegation of rape properly and had breached their duty to provide effective legal protection against sexual abuse. She submitted tha[t] the authorities had also failed to protect her as a victim of crime as she had not had legal assistance or counselling and had been exposed to trauma which had violated her personal integrity during the criminal proceedings. The Court held that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“In October 2018, authorities hanged a child rapist in an infamous case in Kasur, near Lahore, that sparked nationwide protests” (para 9).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“A Barcelona court acquitted five men accused of gang-raping a 14-year-old girl yesterday after ruling that the defendants ‘were able to commit sexual acts without using any type of violence or intimidation’” (para 1). “The men, who were initially charged in Spain with the crime of sexual assault, were instead convicted of the lesser crime of sexual abuse of a minor, and sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison” (para 3). “Two of the men were given the longer prison sentence of 12 years, after the court ruled that they were guilty of the additional crime of continuous sexual abuse, while two defendants were cleared of the sexual...more