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Is Russia “Decriminalising Domestic Violence?”

Marianna Muravyeva 23rd February 2017

The Russian bill providing for what has been called the ‘decriminalisation of domestic violence‘ passed a second reading in the Russian State Duma and was approved by the Federation Council on 1 February without much opposition from the senators. It is official now: assault against any family members not resulting in any serious injury is […]

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Canada to Hold National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Brian Bird 2nd September 2016

On August 3, 2016, the government of Canada announced a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (the “Inquiry”). The Commission’s mandate is “to examine and report on the systemic causes behind the violence that Indigenous women and girls experience and their greater vulnerability to that violence”. The Commission has also been […]

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Guilty of Rape, But Not Punished

Elise Maes 17th August 2016

On 3 February 2016, the Criminal Division of the Court of First Instance of Ghent in Belgium found a 33-year old man guilty of rape, but decided to suspend the imposition of punishment. The public prosecutor appealed, demanding a sentence of 18 months of imprisonment, of which 12 months would be conditional upon the offender […]

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Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Femicide in Guatemala – Part II

Lucia Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida 12th August 2016

On 19 November 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) handed down a decision on gender-based violence in Guatemala. This decision comes at a time when Guatemala has been pursuing prosecutions for grave crimes perpetrated during the dictatorship of Rios Montt (as a background, see the documentary “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”). […]

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Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice – Part I

Lucia Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida 9th August 2016

In November 2015, a decade after the sexual assault and murder of a young Guatemalan woman, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) released a ground-breaking judgment further clarifying the scope and content of states’ responsibility in addressing gender-based violence. On 12 August 2005, Claudina Isabel Velásquez Paiz, a 19 years old student, went […]

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