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Latest items for MURDER-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 13, 2022, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica

"Violence against women remained a serious problem, and as of August the government reported that nine women had been killed by a partner or spouse. The killing of a woman by her spouse garnered significant public attention, as the perpetrator stabbed the woman multiple times during a domestic dispute while two of her three children (ages five and 11) were present in the home. Authorities arrested the perpetrator. The government launched a public campaign in response to concern about gender-based violence" (10).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium

"The NGO StopFeminicide reported that 36 women died in connection with rape or domestic violence in 2018. According to 2018 statistics from the federal police, there were approximately 39,000 official complaints of physical, psychological, and economic violence, including 139 complaints of sexual violence" (9).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire

"Societal violence against women included traditional practices, such as dowry deaths (the killing of brides over dowry disputes)" (19).
Dec. 3, 2021, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: Portugal

"Violence against women, including domestic violence, continued to be a problem. According to preliminary data from NGOs and media reports, in the first six months of the year, there were 16 deaths related to domestic violence" (9).
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain

"In January an attorney in Zaragoza was killed by her partner, who was on probation after serving 14 years in prison for murdering his wife. The victim had been her partner’s defense attorney before entering into a relationship. The partner committed suicide after the killing" (15).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine

"There were reports that state actors ordered or took part in targeted attacks on civil society activists and journalists in connection with their work, which in some cases resulted in death. For example, on February 11, the Prosecutor General’s Office arrested and charged the head of the Kherson regional legislature, Vladyslav Manger, with organizing the 2018 fatal acid attack on public activist and advisor to the Kherson city mayor Kateryna Handziuk. The same day the Prosecutor General’s Office announced that it was investigating the deputy governor of Kherson Oblast, Yevhen Ryshchuk, for involvement in Handziuk’s killing. In March investigative reporters at published allegations by one of the men who...more
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"18-year-old Rahmaniya reports that her brother threatens to stab her to death or throw acid in her face if she continues to go to school" (9).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"Some rape and domestic violence ended in death: A local NGO reported 10 killings in a January-June 2018 investigation of 39 cases of domestic violence and 18 of rape" (21).
July 16, 2021, 12:49 a.m.
Countries: Nepal

"In the past few years, Nepal has witnessed an increase in the number of acid attacks, and a majority of the victims are women. Activists who work to rehabilitate acid attack survivors say most of these attacks are over domestic disputes and rejected relationship proposals and sexual advances; and that a majority of such crimes are committed by men. Acid attack is, thus, a complex problem and symptom of a much larger gender problem in our society. Just introducing harsh laws to prevent these crimes is not a solution, and will not prevent future attacks" (Para 6).
July 15, 2021, 11:17 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Rezaie stood before the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission building, protesting violence against women and the acid attacks she and others feared. That day, Nafisa Nouri, a wife and mother of two girls, was hospitalized after an attack. Nouri’s 7-year-old daughter Parinaz and another female relative of the family also suffered burns to their bodies and face from the acid" (Para 2). "The 22-year-old joined the chorus of women activists who have been warning of an abandoned international campaign to curb violence against women in her country after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban in 2001. Afghan women say they can no longer depend on outsiders or the Afghan government...more
July 14, 2021, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia

According to the figure entitled "Domestic vioence in Russia", "14,000 Women die as a result of domestic violence every year, that is one woman every 40 minutes" (para 5).
July 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"According to Iran's Penal Code, women's homosexuality is punishable by up to 100 lashes. As a result, LGBTQ women have no access to legal remedy for violence committed against them." This excerpt occurs at 0:52-0:57 in the video as words on the screen, and this violence could be in the form of attacks (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"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 25, 2021, 9:03 p.m.
Countries: India

"Her neighbour, 45-year-old Durpata Usendi, says 10 years back, a 21-year-old woman staying in the hut died from a snake bite. 'We were woken up just after midnight when she ran out of the hut, crying and screaming. Her female relatives tried to help her, they gave her some herbs and local medicines. 'The men, even those from her family, watched from a distance. They couldn't touch her because menstruating women are impure. As the poison spread through her body, she lay on the ground writhing in pain and died a few hours later'" (Para 10-12). "From anecdotes the villagers provided, he collated a list of 'at least 21 women...more
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda

"Media and local NGOs reported several cases of ritual child killings, violence against widows, and acid attacks" (p 29).
June 23, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: China

"Professor Yao told the ABC that there have been at least 12 prominent murder cases related to ghost marriages, and more cases of kidnapping and grave robberies" (Para 33). "In 2016, a man named Ma Chonghua from north-west China murdered two women with mental disabilities and sold each body for 40,000 yuan ($8,300 dollars) for ghost marriages" (Para 34).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

“Opuz v. Turkey (9 June 2009): The applicant and her mother were assaulted and threatened over many years by the applicant’s husband H.O., at various points leaving both women with life-threatening injuries. With only one exception, no prosecution was brought against him on the grounds that both women had withdrawn their complaints, despite their explanations that H.O. had harassed them into doing so, threatening to kill them. He subsequently stabbed his wife seven times and was given a fine equivalent to about 385 euros, payable in instalments. The two women filed numerous complaints, claiming their lives were in danger. H.O. was questioned and released. Finally, when the two women were...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:59 p.m.
Countries: Ghana

"He said the suspect has been identified as the one who was torturing the deceased in the viral video which led to her death" (para 9) This implies that the socially acceptable practice of torturing 'witches' can lead to death (JCE CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India

"It is further concerned about the persistence of harmful traditional practices in the State party, such as child marriage, the dowry system, so-called “honour killings”, sex-selective abortion, sati, devadasi and accusing women of witchcraft. The Committee is particularly concerned that the State party has not taken sufficient sustained and systematic action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and harmful practices" (7-8).
Jan. 1, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

“Labour MP Jess Phillips described the figures as 'horrendous', but said they were 'no surprise whatsoever' in light of cuts to public services over the years. She said: 'In a week where the Government has shown it can quickly act to change legislation where the risk of homicide is prevalent, I have no idea why the same level of urgency is never given for murders of women and girls” (para. 8-9). “'When you degrade the escape routes, when you make women poorer, when you cut the council budgets for vulnerable children, when you reduce the police and increase the number of perpetrators released under investigation, you endanger women and children.'...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"The practice of child marriage creates numerous problems for society, according to SSO. Teenagers are more likely to die in childbirth than older women" (para 7).
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

"In September, a young female musician in the southern state of Oaxaca was burned with acid by two men who testified they had been hired by a former politician and businessman who allegedly had an affair with her" (para 14).
Dec. 5, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Iran

“For many, the two clerics’ remarks were a reminder of acid attacks against women in Isfahan in 2014, with some users on Twitter sharing images of some of the victims. At the time, a number of religious figures in Isfahan, including another representative of the supreme leader, called for a crackdown on ‘improper veiling,’ after which the city witnessed a series of acid attacks against women carried out by unidentified motorcyclists. The attacks led to protests in Isfahan. Iranian activists believe regime-affiliated plainclothes agents were behind the attacks” (para 11-13).
Nov. 24, 2020, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

“Since December, hundreds of the chhau sheds where women live during their periods have been demolished after the Home Ministry ordered district officials to strictly enforce laws that bar the practice. Local officials have warned they will withhold social security payments to anyone found to be involved in the practice of menstrual banishment. We have heard such threats from officialdom before, and many of the recently dismantled sheds were likely previously broken and rebuilt. But something does feel different now about the campaign to end the practice that has killed more than a dozen women and girls in the past decade, most of them from exposure to cold, a snakebite...more
Oct. 27, 2020, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea

"It also expresses its serious concern about the persistence of entrenched harmful practices, such as forced and early marriages, levirate and mistreatment of widows, dowry-related violence and polygamy in the State party" (23).
Sept. 28, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Several women each year are sexually assaulted while in chhaupadi and some die -- from cold exposure, snake bite or suffocation caused by smoke inhalation. In January, 35-year-old Amba Bohara and her two young sons suffocated to death when Ms. Bohara lit a fire inside her tiny menstrual hut to keep them warm. In February, 21-year-old Parbati Bogati died in an abandoned house, also of suffocation" (para 3).
Sept. 26, 2020, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: Albania

“Tërshana v. Albania (4 August 2020) This case concerned an acid attack on the applicant in 2009. The applicant suspected that her former husband, whom she accused of domestic violence, was behind the attack. She alleged in particular that the Albanian authorities had failed to take measures to protect her from the acid attack and to conduct a prompt and effective investigation for the identification, prosecution and punishment of her assailant. The Court held that there had been no violation of Article 2 (right to life) of the Convention in its substantial aspect, finding that the Albanian State could not be held responsible for the attack. It noted in particular...more
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

“[Fawzia Koofi’s] brothers taunted her unrelentingly. Girls weren't supposed to learn, they said. And her mother was scared she would get hurt. “She would tell me, 'If this English class makes you president, I don't want you to be president, I want you to be alive'”” (Para 53). “[S]tories of honor killings, poisoned wells at schools for girls and attacks that disfigure women persist. Human Rights Watch reported in March that women are still being targeted for committing "moral crimes" like sex outside marriage or running away from home” (Para 78)
Aug. 11, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: India

“Indian Evidence Act, 1872 : Sections 113(a), 113(b) and 114(c) provide for presumptions as to abetment of suicide by a married woman within 7 years of marriage, as dowry death of a woman and as to absence of consent of woman for sexual intercourse. The Court may assume that such suicide has been abetted by her husband or by such relative of her husband or by such relative of her husband, after having regard to all other circumstances of the case” (para 4).
Aug. 10, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Honduras

"In October, María Digna Montero, a member of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH) and a defender of the indigenous Garifuna land and culture, was shot and killed in her home in Colón by unknown individuals. In November 2018, a court found seven men guilty of the 2016 murder of environmental and indigenous-rights activist Berta Cáceres. Those convicted included a former chief of security for Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA), the company building the Agua Zarca dam, against which Cáceres had been campaigning at the time of her assassination" (para 18-19).