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Latest items for MURDER-LAW-1

Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2013 of the State party’s combined initial and second periodic reports in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following:...(b) Criminal Code, which contains provisions regarding crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes and under which...exemptions from criminal liability for the perpetrators of killings committed in the name of so-called 'honour' are abolished, promulgated by presidential decree in 2017" (1-2).
Sept. 15, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The Ortega regime, claiming to be concerned about justice to cases where women, female children and girls are murdered, approved a reform to the Political Constitution of Nicargua that established life imprisonment for 'hate crimes.' However, the measure has been criticized by feminists, since they consider that this is not the solution for machista violence. In addition, they have expressed that the reform is actually intended to be used against dissent, since the Ortega regime has repeatedly accused opponents of committing 'hate crimes'" (para 13).
Sept. 10, 2021, 3:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Killing a woman because of the victim’s gender (femicide) is a federal offense punishable by 40 to 60 years in prison"(22).
Sept. 5, 2021, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In the case of Lebanon, there have been several normative and institutional measures adopted to address violence against women in the past few years, including among others...the repeal of article 562 of the Lebanese Criminal Code of 2011. The effect of the repeal is that a person who without premeditation kills or harms a 'spouse, ancestor, descendant or sibling' whom he catches in the act of adultery or fornication, or a partner to the act, no longer benefits from mitigating circumstances. This is an important development to address the impunity that surrounds gender-related killings of women" (para 5).
Aug. 6, 2021, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Family courts handle cases of domestic violence and penalize offenders with fines up to CLP 720,000 ($1,065). Additional sanctions include eviction of the offender from the residence shared with the survivor, restraining orders, confiscation of firearms, and court-ordered counseling. Cases of habitual psychological abuse and physical abuse cases in which there are physical injuries are prosecuted in the criminal justice system. Penalties are based on the gravity of injuries and range from 61 days’ to 15 years’ imprisonment. Murder in the context of domestic violence is defined as femicide in the criminal code, and penalties range from 15 years to life in prison. The government generally enforced the laws against...more
July 28, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for harsher laws to tackle so-called 'honor killings' after the particularly shocking slaying of a teenage girl, allegedly by her father, prompted a nationwide outcry. Rohani on May 27 pushed for the speedy adoption of relevant bills, some which have apparently circulated for years among various Iranian decision-making bodies without any tangible results" (para 1-2). "Local media reported that the teenager was beheaded while she slept by her father, who used a farming sickle...Although Romina reportedly told police she would be in danger at home and feared for her life, the girl was handed over to her father as required by Iranian laws...Under current...more
July 21, 2021, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"A lack of legislation that specifically targets and penalises gender-based violence against women, in addition to the prevalence of laws that enable such abuse – such as a law that allows a male kidnapper to marry their victim, or Article 153 that justifies the murder of a woman by her male family member if she was 'caught by surprise' in the act of adultery, plus a discrepancy between the sentences given to men and women for the same crimes, in which men tend to receive lighter sentences – has allowed men, like the man accused of murdering Farah Akbar, to genuinely believe that they can get away with crimes as...more
July 16, 2021, 12:49 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Three years after the Supreme Court issued an order to the government to regulate the sale and distribution of acid, the country finally has new laws to that effect. But the government needs to do more to end acid attacks in the country. On Monday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari authenticated three ordinances—Acid and Other Fatal Chemicals (Regulation) Ordinance 2020, Ordinance to Revise some provisions in Criminal Codes and Criminal Procedure, and Nepal Police and Provincial Police (Operation, Coordination and Supervision) Act" (Para 1-2). "These are huge strides in deterring acid attacks as the new laws regulating the sale of acid and other fatal chemicals require sellers to maintain a database...more
July 8, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"According to Iranian law a man can kill his wife without punishment if he catches her with another man, but the young woman's attempt to leave her husband has led to local media reports citing her as the 'runaway bride'"(para 8).
July 7, 2021, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"A husband has been filmed parading his wife's severed head through the streets after decapitating her in India[...]The vile incident took place on Saturday morning and the 30-year-old was arrested near Jahgirabad police station.Police superintendent Arvind Chaturvedi said the accused had been arrested and a case of dowry death filed against him on the complaint of the victim's father"(para 1, 5,6).
June 25, 2021, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"On November 22, the Public Ministry established a special prosecutor for femicide" (p 17). "The law establishes penalties for femicide of 25 to 50 years in prison without the possibility of reducing the sentence; however, femicide remained a significant problem" (p 17).
June 23, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In China, there is currently no regulation that specifically outlaws ghost marriages, or even the selling or buying of corpses" (Para 35).
March 13, 2021, 7:13 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"In June, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls—launched by the government in 2016 to address endemic levels of violence against Indigenous women and girls—released its final report. The inquiry made 231 recommendations and concluded that acts of violence against Indigenous women and girls amount to 'genocide.' Prime Minister Trudeau vowed that the government will develop a national action plan to 'turn the inquiry’s calls to justice into real, meaningful, Indigenous-led action' (para 7).
March 6, 2021, 9:44 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"loopholes allow reduced sentences for men for killing a female relative" (para 1). "In November 2020, the UAE also repealed an article in the penal code that allowed men to receive lighter sentences for killing a female relative if they found them in the act of extramarital sex. However, families of the murder victim can waive their right to see the person punished in return for compensation (blood money) or choose to freely pardon them. In such cases, the accused can be subject to a minimum sentence of seven years in prison instead of life. When family members kill a woman, including in so-called “honor” killings, the victim’s family is...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, MURDER-LAW-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

“Mexico does have a powerful law in place, the General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence, which was passed in 2007. The law provided sweeping measures to 'prevent, treat, punish, and eradicate violence against women,' defined as including psychological, physical, economic, patrimonial (involving violation of women’s property rights), and sexual violence; it also defined femicide as a hate crime targeting women. But as too many cases have demonstrated, the mandate is not enough” (para 12).
Jan. 1, 2021, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Brazil, El Salvador
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Even though 18 Latin American countries -- including Brazil and El Salvador -- have changed their laws to make killing women a crime, the situation continues unabated" (para 5).
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

“President Hassan Rouhani last month urged his cabinet to speed up harsher laws in so-called honour killings. He has pushed for speedy adoption of relevant bills, some which have apparently shuttled for years among various decision-making bodies in Iran” (para. 28-29).
Dec. 10, 2020, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

“Though against the law, ‘honour’ killing cases were previously difficult to convict owing to a loophole in the law that allowed perpetrators to walk free if they were given a pardon by the victim’s family member” (para 10). “However, the [honor] crimes now come with a mandated life sentence” (para 11).
Nov. 24, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

“A 2013 law defined femicide as a specific crime and provided tougher sentences for convicted offenders” (para 4).
Nov. 8, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has toughened penalties for the killing of women by family members as part of an overhaul of the country's Islamic laws. The UAE's government said it would repeal a law that allowed judges to issue lenient sentences for such killings" (para 1-2). "Such crimes will be treated like murder from now on, the UAE's government said" (para 4). "Imposing stricter sentences for such killings showed the UAE's 'solid commitment to protecting women's rights', the official WAM news agency reported" (para 8).
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Women and girls in Bolivia remain at high risk of gender-based violence, despite a 2013 law that sets forth comprehensive measures to prevent and prosecute violence against women. The law created the crime of 'femicide' (the killing of a woman in certain circumstances, including domestic violence) and called for the establishment of shelters for women, as well as special prosecutors and courts for gender-based crimes" (35).
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"In July, the Supreme Court of Pakistan held that in cases of acid attacks, a mercy petition filed by the victim forgiving the perpetrator cannot be allowed because it constitutes 'extreme cruelty'" (para 17).
Sept. 26, 2020, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Under article 153 of the Kuwaiti penal code, a man who finds his mother, wife, sister, or daughter in the act of adultery (zina) and kills them is given a reduced sentence of either a small fine or a maximum three-year prison sentence" (para 19).
Sept. 20, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, MURDER-LAW-1

"PNG imposes the death penalty for serious crimes such as murder…and rape amongst others, although authorities have not carried out any executions since 1954" (para 2).
Sept. 11, 2020, 8:52 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"The penal code allows for a reduced sentence for a man who kills or injures his wife or another female relative because he suspects her of extramarital sexual relations" (para 31).
Aug. 30, 2020, 7 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Article 334 of the penal code reduces the penalties for perpetrators of so-called honor crimes" (para 21).
Aug. 8, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Ecuador's criminal code defines femicide as the exercise of power relations resulting in the death of a woman for 'being a woman'" (para 21).
July 31, 2020, 4:52 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Despite a 2009 law setting forth comprehensive measures to prevent and punish violence against women, the unpunished killing of women remains a serious concern. The National Registry of Femicides, administered by the Supreme Court, reported 278 femicides--the murder of women based on their gender-- but only 7 convictions, in 2018" (para 25).
July 31, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"One million cases of domestic violence were pending before the courts in 2018, including 4,400 femicides, defined under Brazilian law as the killing of women 'on account on being persons of the female sex'" (para 28).
July 15, 2020, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Ashrafi's horror story led to government officials, including the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, calling for harsher punishment for perpetrators of honor killings, who currently receive three- to 10-year prison sentences instead of the death penalty that would be otherwise mandatory for homicide. President Hassan Rouhani and other officials emphatically called on the parliament to expedite passing two laws that could help reduce honor killings: the Law to Protect Children and Juveniles, and the Bill to Protect Women" (para 3). "After Ashrafi's death, the parliament passed the Law to Protect Children and Juveniles. The law had been pending for over a decade. The Guardian Council, a 12-member body of clerics...more