[Svrilist] SV in the News: 14 12 07

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Fri Dec 14 14:00:37 SAST 2007

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To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual violence from across the globe. If you would like to suggest resources to be included on the SVRI Updates or on the SVRI website, please email svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> . For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Australian police rule out sweep after child rape horror
Reuters, 13 December 2007
Australian police on Thursday ruled out a widespread operation to stamp out child sexual assault in Aboriginal townships despite the gang rape of a 10-year-old girl in a remote community that shocked the nation
http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnSYD214410.html <http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnSYD214410.html> 

Dubai Court Sentences Two in Rape
New York Times, 13 December 2007
A Dubai court sentenced two men on Wednesday to 15 years in prison for the rape of a French-Swiss teenager whose case became a rallying point for critics of the way the United Arab Emirates treats victims of sexual assault.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/13/world/middleeast/13dubai.html?_r=1&ref=middleeast&oref=slogin <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/13/world/middleeast/13dubai.html?_r=1&ref=middleeast&oref=slogin> 

US soldier accused of raping and killing 14-year-old Iraqi wants more time to prepare defense
International Herald Tribune, 13 December 2007
A federal judge requested one week to issue a ruling on a trial date for a former soldier accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/13/america/NA-GEN-US-Iraq-Rape-Slaying.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/13/america/NA-GEN-US-Iraq-Rape-Slaying.php> 

Two-thirds of pregnant rape victims keep baby
Irish Examiner, 13 December 2007
TWO-THIRDS of rape victims who became pregnant as a result of the crime went on to give birth and parent their child themselves - according to figures from the country's dedicated support service.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=ireland-qqqm=ireland-qqqa=ireland-qqqid=50372-qqqx=1.asp <http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=ireland-qqqm=ireland-qqqa=ireland-qqqid=50372-qqqx=1.asp> 

Freedom lost
The Guardian, 13 December 2007
After the invasion of Iraq, the US government claimed that women there had 'new rights and new hopes'. In fact their lives have become immeasurably worse, with rapes, burnings and murders now a daily occurrence.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2226600,00.html <http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2226600,00.html> 

Serial rapist Jinxela sentenced to life in prison
SABC News, 13 December 2007
Convicted serial rapist Mongezi Jinxela will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Justice George Maluleka has sentenced Jingxela to 55 life terms for 55 rape charges and 1092 years on the other charges.
http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/crime1justice/0,2172,160861,00.html <http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/crime1justice/0,2172,160861,00.html> 

Ugandan justice system failing survivors of sexual violence
Amnesty International, 13 December 2007
The justice system in Uganda is failing women and girls who have faced sexual violence, and is allowing perpetrators to walk free as it ignores, denies, and tacitly condones violence against women.
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/feature-stories/ugandan-justice-system-failing-survivors-sexual-violence-20071213 <http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/feature-stories/ugandan-justice-system-failing-survivors-sexual-violence-20071213> 

China plans concerted domestic, regional effort on human trafficking
China View, 13 December 2007
China said Thursday that 28 government ministries would make a concerted effort to halt human trafficking in China and neighboring countries.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-12/13/content_7242590.htm <http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-12/13/content_7242590.htm> 

Parliament asked to ban female circumcision
New Vision Online, 12 December 2007
THE Kapchorwa district local government has appealed to Parliament to pass a law that bans female circumcision.
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/17/601719 <http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/17/601719> 

Rape case underlines plight of Aborigines
International Herald Tribune, 12 December 2007
Mounting anger over the handling of the gang rape of a 10-year-old indigenous girl has pushed the plight of Australia's Aboriginal minority to the top of the political agenda, leaving the new government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd scrambling for solutions to one of the country's most intractable problems.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/12/news/australia.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/12/news/australia.php> 

Bulgaria one of Europe's biggest prostitute exporters: study
AFP,12 December 2007
Bulgaria is one of Europe's biggest exporters of prostitutes and has one of the largest and most developed networks of prostitutes in the continent, a new study said Wednesday.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gL4xSjLhuKN57B6F39_fKb0WTwrg <http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gL4xSjLhuKN57B6F39_fKb0WTwrg> 

Young boys charged with trying to rape a 60-year-old woman in a premeditated, organized attack
International Herald Tribune, 11 December 2007
Two boys aged 11 and 14 have been charged with breaking into a 60-year-old woman's home and trying to rape her in what police said was an apparently premeditated and cold-blooded attack.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/11/america/NA-GEN-US-Juveniles-Attempted-Rape.php <http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/11/america/NA-GEN-US-Juveniles-Attempted-Rape.php> 

Hard-hitting rape images unveiled 
BBC News, 10 December 2007
A series of hard-hitting posters have been launched to encourage more women to report incidents of rape.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7137168.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7137168.stm> 

ANGOLA-DRC: Activists denounce political apathy towards migrant rape victims
IRIN News, 07 December 2007
Human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have accused their government and that of Angola of turning a blind eye to reports of widespread rape and other abuses of DRC migrant workers in neighbouring Angola.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75746 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75746> 

UN alarmed by widespread rape in Mogadishu
The Mail and Guardian, 07 December 2007
The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) representative for Somalia on Friday voiced his concern at the increasing number of rape cases in the country's war-torn capital, Mogadishu.
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=327179&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/ <http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=327179&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/> 

Making their mark in the battle 
Independent Online, 07 December 2007
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said the kingdom's judiciary was reviewing a sentence of six months in jail and 200 lashes handed down to a gang-rape victim
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=124&art_id=vn20071207090701532C459733 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=124&art_id=vn20071207090701532C459733> 

PAKISTAN: Traditional marriages ignore HIV/AIDS threat
IRIN News, 06 December 2007
Bound by 'watta satta', a cultural tradition of exchanged marriage between two families, Nuzhat (not her real name), 22, cannot disclose her HIV status.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75716 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75716> 


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