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Latest items for MURDER-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-DATA-2

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"[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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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
July 8, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A man who attacked a woman in Iran in an alleged row over her veil was humiliated when she fought back in front of passers-by. Footage shows the bearded man harassing the woman on a pavement before kicking her into the road - only for her to grapple with him and push him against a wall. Reports on social media said the man had confronted her because she was not wearing her veil properly, a sensitive subject in hard-line Iran"(pata 1-3).
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A Saudi teenager has gone into hiding following Thailand's promise not to deport her after she barricaded herself in a hotel room to avoid being sent back to her 'abusive' family[...]Thai officials had earlier claimed it is a family matter and said she would be deported to Saudi Arabia - where renouncing Islam is punishable by death, and activists say women are at risk of 'honour killings' by family members"(para 1,70).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In many rape cases, the perpetrator also killed the victim" (p 28).
June 7, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Thousands of people have signed a petition urging the Sudanese government to take action against a man released without charge by police after his 13-year-old daughter was shot dead" (para 1). "Samah el-Hadi was shot three times and run over by a car, reports said. Neighbours have taken to social media to blame her father, who was briefly questioned by the authorities but released after telling them Samah had taken her own life. No postmortem was carried out on the girl’s body. Samah is alleged to have died last Friday in Omdurman after a row with her father over a school she wanted to attend" (para 2-3). "In the same...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"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).
April 5, 2021, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'Femicide doesn’t just happen. It's the final step…in a long pattern of violence for these men,' Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Ontario Native Women's Association, told The Current's guest host Rosemary Barton. 'We need to get tougher and smarter about how we're dealing with the violence in those earlier stages'" (para 2-3). "In 90 per cent of cases where the accused was identified, the accused was male. Meanwhile, Indigenous women and girls made up more than one in five victims killed by a male accused. In cases where the relationship between the victim and accused was known, 41 per cent involved a current or former intimate partner, the report found"...more
March 31, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MAAO-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-4, AOM-LAW-1

"The government has outlawed a number of harmful practices including chhaupadi (menstrual seclusion), dowry, witchcraft allegations, and child marriage. However, enforcement remains weak, and these deeply entrenched practices continue" (para 12).
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).
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"‘When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy,’ he said. Chillingly, he went on: "The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.' Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death’” (para 10). “The other lawyer, AP Singh, had said in a previous televised interview: ‘If my daughter or sister engaged...more