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Latest items for MURDER-PRACTICE-1

June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark

"Additionally RED-Safehouse offers safe housing for youngsters aged 16–30 fleeing from serious honour related conflicts, including forced marriages and honour related violence or threats" (29).
April 29, 2022, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the prevalence of harmful practices against women and girls in the North Caucasus region, including femicide [and] killings in the name of so-called honour... It notes with concern the lack of effective implementation of federal legislation on the investigation, prosecution and punishment of such crimes against women in the region" (7-8).
April 18, 2022, 10:31 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique

"the Committee recommends that the State party:...Criminalize all harmful practices, including accusations of witchcraft against women, and prosecute and adequately punish perpetrators of such acts" (6-7).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"The country employs judicial supervision for individuals considered at risk from relatives threatening to commit honor crimes against or otherwise harming them. Judicial supervision typically included providing housing to individuals for their safety and well-being and family mediation and reconciliation" (12).
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"The study also notes that 'accusations of witchcraft are common in Liberia, and often have devastating consequences for the accused, who may be subjected to trial by ordeal, ‘cleansing’ or ‘exorcism’ rituals, expulsion, ostracization, and even death.' In many cases documented in the report, trial by ordeal amounted to torture, both physical and psychological, and in some cases even led to death. 'The authorities often hesitate to investigate or prosecute cases involving trial by ordeal, due to the perceived cultural dimensions of the practice. As a result, criminal offenses committed during trial by ordeal go unpunished. This has generated a widespread culture of impunity among traditional actors,' the report says"...more
March 19, 2022, 8:16 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia

"The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Life and Personal Integrity on Monday announced that 70 femicides have been registered in Bolivia this year and pointed out that among the 'causes or motives' are 'alcohol consumption' and 'jealousy' on the part of the aggressors. For Novillo 'violence against women is a consequence of a male chauvinist structure, the underlying cause relates to a range of behaviors that are accepted by men in a male chauvinist society.' Part of this 'is related to a feeling of ownership, which some feminists mention, with men believing that they are the owners of women’s lives,' she explained." (para 4-6)
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy

"On November 13, 2007, the father and two brothers-in-law of a 20-year-old Pakistani immigrant woman killed in 2006 were each sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment in Brescia: she had been reproved for having adopted a western lifestyle" (30).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"L’Express newspaper reported that on May 1, four military personnel briefly arrested eight persons in the marketplace in Miandrivazo...The persons arrested included the son of an alleged witch whom military personnel allegedly shot and killed and dismembered the previous day. The alleged witch had been accused of the murder of a military official in 2018" (3).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India

"So-called honor killings remained a problem, especially in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana; they were usually attributable to the victim’s marrying against his or her family’s wishes" (45). "On March 17, Adarmani Hansda, a tribal woman from Ishwarpur village in West Bengal, was killed and four others injured after a village court accused them of practicing witchcraft. According to media reports, Hansda allegedly used 'black magic' to cause several individuals to become ill in the village" (46).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya

"In July the Defenders Coalition noted human rights activists continued to face increased attacks in a climate of impunity. Its report cited the death of activist Caroline Mwatha, a founder of a social justice organization. A police investigation found Mwatha died after an attempted abortion, but many of the circumstances of her death remained suspicious, according to some human rights activists. Four individuals were charged with her murder, and the case remained pending at year’s end"(3).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: Somalia

"Do practices undermine enforcement of laws against murder? Yes, 'the release of a Somali man on death row for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl after he paid 75 camels undermines a landmark law to curb gender violence...' However, the two other men were executed under the 2016 sexual offense law" (1).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"Human rights groups reported that 'honor killings' of women persisted in Chechnya, Dagestan, and elsewhere in the North Caucasus but were rarely reported or acknowledged. Local police, doctors, and lawyers often collaborated with the families involved to cover up the crimes. A December 2018 study by human rights defenders, the first ever conducted, found 39 cases of honor killings (36 women, three men) between 2008 and 2017 in the North Caucasus region but estimated that the real number could be much higher" (55).
Dec. 2, 2021, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands

"Honor-related violence is treated as regular violence for the purposes of prosecution and does not constitute a separate offense category. Laws against violence were enforced effectively in honor-related violence cases, and victims were permitted to enter a specialized shelter" (12). This indicates that honor-related killings and violence may be present in society (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Palestine

"According to SHAMS, there were 20 honor killings in the West Bank and Gaza through October. On September 21, the PA attorney general charged three male family members with murder in the death of Israa Ghrayeb in an alleged honor killing, according to media reports" (95).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey

"Human rights activists and academics reported the problematic practice of 'honor killings' of women continued across the country (31 cases reported during the year). The prevalence of killings was most severe in the southeast" (54).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Germany

"The law criminalizes 'honor killings' as murder and provides penalties that include life in prison. The government enforced the law effectively and financed programs aimed at ending “honor killings'" The need for programs that aim to end honor killings indicates that there may be instances of the practice occuring in society (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali

"Discrimination continued against persons with albinism. Some traditional religious leaders perpetuated the widespread belief that such persons possessed special powers that others could extract by bringing a traditional spiritual leader the blood or head of one. For example, in October a group of people, including the husband, killed an albino pregnant woman in Kita on the orders of a traditional spiritual leader. Two of the perpetrators were arrested. At year’s end, the case remained under investigation at the Kita high instance tribunal. In November 2018 a Malian singer-songwriter and albino activist, Salif Keita, assembled an international forum on protecting albino persons in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"[T]he Committee urges the State party: (a) To improve the collection and analysis of data, disaggregated by sex, age, disability and ethnicity, on killings committed in the name of so-called 'honour'; (b) To decriminalize so-called 'moral crimes', such as adultery and running away from home, under the Criminal Code" (6).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"'Violence against women is part of everyday life here; it is normal, and no one is surprised when a new femicide comes to light,' said Quintela. 'Even as young girls, women are just objects that are sexually abused by their uncles, grandfathers or brothers. The result is thousands of teenage pregnancies every year'" (para 12).
Sept. 15, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua

"The defenders of women’s rights denounced, through their report, that half of the murders are in impunity. Of these cases, three of the perpetrators are still fugitives, six have not even been investigated and one of them committed suicide. They add that of the remaining nine cases; five are under judicial process; three have been sentenced and one is under investigation. 'The machista brutality, encouraged by impunity and complicity of the State, is ending the lives of women, girls, and female children,' says the organization" (para 8-10).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"In areas controlled by the Taliban, the group enforced a parallel judicial system based on a strict interpretation of sharia. Punishments included execution and mutilation. According to media reporting, in May a Taliban court in Shahrak District, Ghor Province, shot and killed a boy and girl for allegedly having an extramarital affair. In March media reported the Taliban killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child in Sancharak District, Sar-e-Pol Province, for allegedly calling the Taliban’s war against the government 'illegitimate.' The Taliban dragged her from her home, took her to a Talib commander who issued her death sentence, and shot her immediately" (10-11)."Honor killings continued throughout the year. According...more
Sept. 5, 2021, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan

"Soviet officials literally ripped the scarves and veils off women in some cases. Some women who went along with the hudjum campaign were killed by their pious menfolk" (para 9).
Aug. 4, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Sudan

"The protests followed an online campaign where women and girls shared their experiences of domestic violence and sexual harassment. It came after 13-year- old girl Samah el-Hadi was killed by her father for wanting to go to a private school in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum. No arrests were initially made, and the family were allowed to bury her, but a week later following an outcry by thousands of people on social media, the police arrested her father for murder and re-examined her body" (Para 5-6).
Aug. 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua

"There were reports of attacks against transgender women, and the NNP reportedly failed to investigate these cases appropriately" (p 23).
July 28, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"The call comes after 13-year-old Romina Ashrafi was killed last week in Hovigh, some 320 kilometers northwest of Tehran. Local media reported that the teenager was beheaded while she slept by her father, who used a farming sickle...Under current law, her father faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years if convicted. According to the Islamic Penal Code, he was Romina's 'guardian,' so he is exempt from 'retaliation in kind,' meaning the death penalty in this case" (para 3-4, 11-12). "Iranian media occasionally report on cases related to honor killings carried out by relatives, usually male family members, when the actions of women and girls are perceived as violating...more
July 21, 2021, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait

"'This was a truthful reflection of our patriarchal nation. I hope we don't confuse this moment with an adopted obliviousness that what goes uncovered in Kuwaiti society is less horrific. In this case the murderer wasn't audacious at all. He was doing what he truly believed was his right to do, to exert all his deadly misogynistic power on a woman until her life is squeezed out of her in front of her children'" (Para 16).
July 16, 2021, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq

"Naza[Name has been changed to protect anonymity] is visiting her daughter’s grave in an unmarked section of a cemetery in Sulaymaniyah, in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. She goes there in secret – the girl’s death has been shrouded in a veil of family shame, so much so that her grave is unmarked.The reason? 'My beautiful girl was killed by her cousin when she refused to marry him,' Naza says.'Nothing happened to him. The police took his word that he was innocent. Then, because the elders said she had brought disgrace, they put her in a grave with no name, no headstone, as if she had never existed.' Naza...more
July 15, 2021, 11:17 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"'Girls are killed, then thrown in a creek, brothers burn sisters, infant girls are murdered,' Marofi said. 'There’s no accountability, no follow-up of what happened from the police or media. This just creates fear and worry'" (Para 17). "Marofi said women’s rights are on the back burner for Afghanistan’s international supporters. While Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife Rula stand firmly for gender equality, the lower ranks in law enforcement and the judiciary don’t consider violence against women a serious crime, she said. Even when culprits are arrested, they pay bribes and are either freed or receive light sentences" (Para 18). "But two weeks after the acid attacks, Nouri...more
July 12, 2021, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Peru

"Peru has seen some of the highest rates of GBV in the region despite protests and public campaigns against such abuses in recent years.'Here in Peru, they kill us for whatever reason. In Peru, it’s scary to be a woman,'Idaly Fernández Alvarado, whose mother María was killed in December 2019 after her new partner allegedly poured gasoline over her and set her ablaze, told TNH.Fernández Alvarado fears her mother’s alleged killer – currently in prison awaiting trial – will soon be released from custody as little progress has been made in investigating the case.For Katherine Flores, whose 20-year-old sister was killed by her ex-partner shortly after returning from a trip...more
July 8, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"A 19-year-old woman has been beheaded by her husband after running away just two days into their forced marriage. The 23-year-old man, who is also his wife's cousin, handed himself into the Valiasr police station in Abadan, southwestern Iran, at around 10.30pm on Sunday[June 2020], while holding a bloody knife.He told officers that he had beheaded his wife due to her 'infidelity' and had left her decapitated body by the Bahar 56 area next to the Bahmanshir River, reports Iran International TV"(para 1-3)."Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the former Chief Justice of Khuzestan Province, considers the occurrence of honour killings to be a serious problem in the province.He stated that the roots...more