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Domestic Violence and the Regressive Russian Amendment

Surya Rajkumar 1st May 2017

On the 8th of February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law an amendment that relegated domestic violence, as previously discussed on this blog, to an administrative offence. This post will argue that the new law lacks any persuasive justification and does not comply with Russia’s international human rights obligations. Under the new law, […]

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Emerging concerns for human rights in childbirth: Imposed evidenced-based care as obstetric violence?

Camilla Pickles 5th April 2017

Pregnancy and childbirth can trigger the violation of a number of rights including bodily and psychological integrity, equality, dignity, and privacy. This concern is particularly relevant when women are funnelled into facility-based obstetric care which is over-medicalised; not women-centred; and marred by paternalism, and harmful and discriminatory gender stereotypes. In some facilities, ‘care’ is coercive […]

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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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