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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Linguistic Cracks In The Femicide Campaigns: Why Femicide Must Be Repatriated

Alec Cunningham - 24th June 2016

The recently published 2015 Global Burden of Armed Violence (GBAV) report by the Small Arms Survey has continued in the same vein as the two previous publications in 2008 and 2011. The reports highlight a concerning trend of violence inflicted on women in numerous countries, including El Salvador, South Africa, Russia, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Ukraine, […]

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Telling the Whole Truth: Post-Assault Contact in Sexual Violence Cases

Karen Busby - 4th April 2016

For the last 16 months, Canadians have been engaged in extraordinary conversations connected to the sexual assault allegations leveled against one of Canada’s most charming and charismatic talk show hosts, Jian Ghomeshi. In October 2014, Ghomeshi posted a defence of his interest in “rough sex” on Facebook in an attempt to get ahead of a […]

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An important step forward for victims of sexual violence in Colombia

Viviana Waisman - 7th March 2016

On paper, it looked like a victory for women’s rights. The government of Colombia enacted historic legislation to address the country’s epidemic of sexual violence – one heightened by decades of armed conflict that left women and girls particularly vulnerable. This legislation, Law 1719, would be a road map for health service providers to follow […]

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Rape Law in Morocco

Luigi Lonardo - 13th November 2015

The Moroccan Conseil national des droits de l’Homme (National Human Rights Council, CNDH) has issued a worrying report (for the moment only available in French) on the condition of women in the Kingdom. This report assesses the legal and social state of affairs ten years after the reformation of family law was undertaken, and four […]

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Hopeful Developments in Family Violence in Australia

Liz Curran - 6th November 2015

In Australia, one woman per week dies from intimate partner violence. By October 2015, 62 women had died due to intimate partner family violence in the calendar year. There have been decades of advocacy challenging the poor responses of authorities, including courts, police, government and lawyers, and raising awareness of the human rights of women […]

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