[Svrilist] SV in the News 01 06 07

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Fri Jun 1 11:13:59 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. For additional resources and information on sexual
violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

U.N. rights chief says sexual violence in eastern Congo and Burundi is
at an appalling level
The International Herald Tribune, 31 May 2007
The level of gender-based sexual violence has reached appalling levels
in eastern Congo and Burundi and stronger efforts are needed to
ostracize perpetrators of such crimes, the U.N. human rights chief said
Thursday.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/31/news/UN-GEN-UN-Sexual-Violence
.php

NIGER: New slavery study welcomed by human rights experts 
IRIN News, 31 May 2007
DAKAR/NIAMEY, 31 May 2007 (IRIN) - People are still enslaved in Niger,
but an announcement that the government has agreed to sponsor an
independent investigation into the issue has raised hopes for change
among some human rights experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=72487

High stakes for Africa at trial of warlord Taylor
Reuters, 31 May 2007
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor goes on
trial next week charged with instigating murder, rape and terrorism
during Sierra Leone's civil war in a case prosecutors say could end
impunity for African strongmen.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL3135624420070531

Human trafficking syndicate uncovered in Isoko
The Vanguard, 30 May 2007
A human-trafficking syndicate with the kingpins in Libya has been
uncovered  at  Uro- Irri community  in Isoko South local government area
of Delta State.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/articles/2002/niger_delta/nd630052007.html

Spare no effort in war against child abuse 
The Standard, 30 May 2007
The UN Report on Violence Against Children says people entrusted with
caring for children have become the worst sexual predators, among other
abuses. Sexual abuse is mainly by someone from the family, a friend or a
neighbour.
http://www.eastandard.net/hm_news/news_s.php?articleid=1143969259

Regional conference discuss violence against woman 
Yemen Times, 30 May 2007
A regional conference involving Egypt, Djibouti, Oman, Sudan, and Yemen
kicked off on Wednesday in Sana'a. The conference is to discuss the
violence against women particularly the physical violence acted in
girls' circumcision as well as early marriage and deprivation of
education.
http://yementimes.com/article.shtml?i=1055&p=local&a=1

Legislature passes bill to fight human trafficking

The Democrat & Chronicle, 30 May 2007
ALBANY Legislation that would specifically outlaw trafficking in people
for forced labor or sex passed unanimously in the Assembly Tuesday and
now goes to Gov. Eliot Spitzer for his expected signature.
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070530/
NEWS01/705300331/1002/NEWS

Still no penalty for those who fail to report child abuse
The Jamaica Observer, 30 May 2007
PERSONS who fail or neglect to report cases of abuse against children
cannot be charged under the Childcare and Protection Act, as the
regulations to ensure prosecution are still not in place.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20070529T210000-0500_123648_OBS
_STILL_NO_PENALTY_FOR_THOSE_WHO_FAIL_TO_REPORT_CHILD_ABUSE.asp

Too embarrassed to protest
The Guardian, 30 May 2007
As an awkward 17-year-old, Esther Freud felt unable to say no to an
acquaintance's sexual advances. After writing about a similar incident
in her new novel, she has come to realise how common this experience is 

http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/relationships/story/0,,2091125,00.ht
ml

Child trafficking victims
B92 News, 30 May 2007
Child victims of human trafficking in Serbia are sexually exploited,
forced into marriages or begging.
http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2007&mm=05&dd=30&na
v_category=102&nav_id=41497

1 in 3 homosexuals victims of domestic violence: report
The World Today, 30 May 2007
A report has found that homosexual couples are just as likely to suffer
from domestic violence as people in heterosexual relationships, but that
they are less likely to seek help.
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2007/s1937854.htm

Paramedic accused of rape
The Border Mail, 30 May 2007
A Melbourne paramedic will stand trial over the alleged rape of a
drug-affected woman en route to hospital.
http://www.bordermail.com.au/news/bm/national/803684.html

Zambia clears SA man of assault charges
Independent Online, 30 May 2007
Livingstone - A South African food and beverage manager was acquitted in
Zambia this week on allegations of abduction and indecently assaulting a
17-year-old Briton.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=68&art_id=vn20070530100
214760C481129

Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria
The New York Times, May 29 2007
Back home in Iraq, Umm Hiba's daughter was a devout schoolgirl, modest
in her dress and serious about her studies. Hiba, who is now 16, wore
the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, and rose early each day to say the
dawn prayer before classes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/29/world/middleeast/29syria.html?_r=1&th=
&oref=slogin&emc=th&pagewanted=print

CDC releases new toolkit to assist humanitarian workers assess
reproductive health needs of women refugees
ReliefWeb, 29 May 2007
A new resource for health care officials working with women displaced
from conflict-affected regions throughout the world was announced today
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/TKAI-73P492?OpenDocument

UN calls for protection of children against violence
People's Daily Online, 29 May 2007
A newly-published United Nations report calls for protection of children
against violence, noting that harmful traditional practices and corporal
punishment in schools are the most common form of violence against
children.
http://english.people.com.cn/200705/29/eng20070529_378790.html

FGM accomplices to face Ghana's tougher law
Africast, 29 May 2007
Parliament has debated the merits of a bill that seeks to change the
reference "female circumcision" to female genital mutilation to widen
the scope of the offence after a motion was moved for the Second Reading
of the bill. 

http://news.africast.com/africastv/article.php?newsID=62073

Moves to clarify 'consent' in rape cases
Village Voice, 29 May 207
A NSW government proposal to enshrine into law the concept of consent in
sexual assault cases will do nothing to lift low conviction rates, the
Rape Crisis Centre says.
http://www.villagevoice.com.au/article/20070529/NWS02/705290311/-1/nws/

Sudanese town a microcosm of misery
The Houston Chronicle, 29 May 2007
Stories of abuse at the hands of Sudanese militiamen provide a glimpse
of the hell in Darfur
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/4842423.html

Senior cop accused of raping colleague
Independent Online, 29 May 2007
A senior member of the Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) was
restricted from working with the public after he was accused of raping a
colleague, said the JMPD on Tuesday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20070529224
627105C745635

Decriminalise abortion
The Peninsula, 29 May 2007
The issue of abortion is a thorny one at the best of times, be it during
US presidential campaigns or matters related to the Catholic Church.
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&sub
section=Qatar+News&month=May2007&file=Local_News2007052922348.xml

Military investigates 'gang rape footage'
The Guardian, 29 May 2007
Allegations that a trainee paratrooper was gang raped by comrades in an
attack filmed on a mobile phone are being investigated by military
police.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,,2090309,00.html

Despite Challenging Socio-Economic Environment, Mauritania Committed To
Ensuring Women's Rights, Anti-Discrimination Committee Told
PressZoom, 29 May 2007
When the sub-Saharan African country of Mauritania joined the Convention
on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 2000,
it had entered a "general" reservation to the text, the thrust of which
was that Islamic law would prevail over the treaty in the case of a
contradiction, but today the Government announced its intention to
specify the provisions to which it had reservations, thereby removing
its "general" reservation to the Convention.
http://presszoom.com/story_132916.html

Discrimination against women spurs on Aids
Independent Online, 28 May 2007
Johannesburg - Cultural beliefs that women are inferior to men are
spurring the rapid spread of HIV in Swaziland and Botswana, the
countries most affected by Aids, according to a report released Monday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3016&art_id=nw200705281
54247423C213412

Thumbs Up To Bill
The Mercury, 28 May 2007
There was a huge outcry earlier this month when the Constitutional Court
failed to extend to male victims its ruling that non-consensual anal
penetration involving a female would now be regarded as rape.
http://www.themercury.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3853628

UN report exposes widespread abuse of children
IRIN News, 28 May 2007
Efforts to eradicate abuse of children in Africa should concentrate on
fighting gender-based violence, including rape, which exposes youngsters
to HIV/AIDS, mistreatment at school and harmful traditional practices, a
senior United Nations official said.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=72407

Rapist with Hep C jailed for 16 years
The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 May 2007
A convicted rapist suffering hepatitis C has been jailed for 16 years
for repeatedly raping a woman after breaking into her home while she
slept.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/NATIONAL/Rapist-with-Hep-C-jailed-for-16-year
s/2007/05/28/1180205130798.html

Editor calls for amendment of marriage law
Daily News, 28 May 2007
EDITORS in the country have urged the government to take immediate
measures to amend the Marriage Act (LMA) of 1971 saying it undermines
the rights of the girl-child and frustrates the country's efforts to
achieve relevant millennium development goals. 
http://www.dailynews-tsn.com/page.php?id=7024

Southern Africa: Discrimination against women fuels HIV/AIDS, report
IRIN News, 28 May 2007
Gender parity is the key in the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to a
new report  focussing on Swaziland and Botswana, the two countries with
the world's highest prevalence rates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=72412

Villages renounce female circumcision
Independent Online, 28 May 2007
Diamakouta - Two hundred and twelve villages in Senegal and Gambia
agreed on Sunday to renounce female circumcision and weddings featuring
child brides.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=86&art_id=nw20070527215
928266C367657

Man on trial for falsely accusing priest of rape reiterates claims
The Belfast Telegraph, 28 May 2007
A man on trial for falsely claiming a priest buggered him has repeated
the allegation in direct evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2589565.e
ce

Hutchison: De Anza rape case sends bleak message
Mercury News, 28 May 2007
Shortly after the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office dropped
the De Anza sex case and prompted two De Anza College girls to go public
with their sickening story about what they believe had been the rape of
a teenage girl, a young woman called the hotline at the YWCA rape crisis
center in San Jose.
http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainmentheadlines/ci_6004819?nclick_chec
k=1

Child rape victims' plight still not over
Independent Online, 26 May 2007
This time last year, four-year-old Themba* was screaming in a mielie
field while a man raped her. She then waited in a hospital for more than
24 hours before a doctor examined her. A year later, her perpetrator has
not been brought to court.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070526104
659192C729425

Activists cite Quran to halt female mutilation
Ventura Country Star, 26 May 2007
NAIROBI, Kenya Trying to stop a bloody ritual undergone by millions of
Muslim women in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, health activists
are trying a new appeal they're citing the Quran.
http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/may/26/activists-cite-quran-t
o-halt-female-mutilation/

Epidemic of Inequality: Women's Rights and HIV/AIDS in Botswana &
Swaziland
Physicians for Human Rights: Press Room, 25 May 2007
Deeply entrenched gender inequities perpetuate the HIV/AIDS pandemic in
Botswana and Swaziland,the two countries with the highest HIV prevalence
in the world.10 The legal systems in both countries grant women lesser
status than men, restricting property, inheritance and other rights.
http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/press/reports/

Coffee harvest linked to increase in gender-based violence
IRIN News, 25 May 2007
The April-July coffee harvest period in Burundi has been linked to
increases in gender-based violence and the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS
and other sexually transmitted diseases. 
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=72368

Committee on rights of child examines report of Sudan on sale of
children, child prostitution and child pornography
UNHRC Reliefweb, 25 May, 2007
The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning reviewed the
initial report of Sudan on how that country is implementing the
provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of
the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child
pornography.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EGUA-73JNYT?OpenDocument

HIV testing may be required in rape cases
United Press International, 25 May 2007
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to back a bill that would
require HIV testing for suspects in rape cases.
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/05/25/hiv_testing_may_be_requ
ired_in_rape_cases/9434/

Women's rights key to Africa AIDS crisis - study
Reuters, 25 May 2007
Improving women's rights could boost the battle against AIDS in southern
African countries, where women are often forced into risky sex by male
partners or economic desperation, a new report said on Friday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL25415175

IRAQ: Domestic violence against children on the rise
IRIN News, 24 May 2007
Mental health specialists say there has been an increase in domestic
violence against children largely a result of the violence that has
gripped Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. They say the violence
has affected people's behaviour.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=72350



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