[Svrilist] SV in the News: 11 06 10

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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.

Sexual Violence in the News:

India, Bangla Take Lead in Deploying United Nations Female Police Officers
Hindustan Times, 11 June 2010
India and Bangladesh have taken a lead in sending female police officers to serve in United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world as the world body aims to have 20 per cent women in its police force by 2040.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-Bangla-take-lead-in-deploying-UN-female-police-officers/Article1-556175.aspx

Woman Jailed over Daughter's Sex Acts 
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2010
A drug-addicted woman who "permitted, encouraged and assisted" her 13-year-old daughter to have sex with a truck driver will spend at least 5½ years in jail.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/woman-jailed-over-daughters-sex-acts-20100611-y306.html

Dowry, Sexual Harassment Laws among Government Priorities
Sindh Today, 11 June 2010
Three laws - on dowry, indecent representation of women and juvenile justice - as well as a draft bill on sexual harassment at workplace are top priority for the government this year, says Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath.
http://www.sindhtoday.net/news/2/145554.htm

Chat Line Hook-Up Ends in Rape of Girl, Man Jailed
Herald Sun, 11 June 2010
A Hobart man who raped a teenage girl he met through a phone chat service has been jailed for more than three years.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/chat-line-hook-up-ends-in-rape-of-girl-man-jailed/story-e6frf7jx-1225878466853

Gay Couples Gain under Violence against Women Act
New York Times, 10 June 2010
The Justice Department has decided that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships, a newly disclosed memorandum shows.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/us/politics/11gender.html

Top United Nations Envoy Calls for Dialogue to Curb Violence against Timorese Women
UN News Centre, 10 June 2010
The top United Nations envoy to Timor-Leste has underscored the need for dialogue to bring an end to gender-based violence in the fledgling South-East Asian nation.

Philippines: Will Child Sex Slaves have justice?
Spero News, 10 June 2010
The outright dismissal by Philippine prosecutors in Olongapo city, of criminal charges of child trafficking for sexual exploitation brought by the National Bureau of Investigation against a father and his 33 year-old son, Filipinos with US citizenship, has provoked outrage and anger among defenders of children's rights.
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=34&idsub=158&id=34543&t=Philippines%3A+Will+Child+Sex+Slaves+have+justice%3F

'Witchcraft Charge, a Way of Scapegoating Women'
The Himalayan Times, 10 June 2010
Deputy Inspector General of Police Bigyan Raj Sharma, Spokesperson, Nepal Police argued that misbehaving with women on the pretext that they 'practiced witchcraft' was rampant and deeply rooted in superstition, especially in the Tarai belt.
http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=%60Witchcraft+charge%2C+a+way+of+scapegoating+women%60&NewsID=246611

After Success at Home with United Nations, Sierra Leonean Police Officer Helps Women in Darfur
UN News Centre, 9 June 2010
Having seen first-hand how United Nations female peacekeepers helped her own country rebuild, Sierra Leone's highest-ranking female police officer is now hoping to duplicate those successes in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=34969&Cr=darfur&Cr1= 

The Politics of Protection - Moving Human Rights Protection Upstream - Part 1
Women's News Network, 8 June 2010
In a ground breaking interview, Monterey Institute of International Studies MA graduate, U.S. born Ukrainian, Maria Lewytzkyj, talks with U.S. foreign policy expert, Jan Knippers Black about her latest book.
http://womennewsnetwork.net/2010/06/08/humanrightspolitics1-896/ 

Poland Castration Law Takes Effect
BBC News, 8 June 2010
A Polish law that can force some rapists and paedophiles to undergo chemical castration has come into effect.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10269055.stm

Female Migrants Charge Sexual Abuse in Detention
Inter Press Service News Agency, 7 June 2010
In the wake of allegations that a male guard at a central Texas detention facility sexually assaulted female detainees on their way to being deported, immigrant advocacy groups say stronger oversight and accountability is urgently needed to prevent further abuse of female detainees.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51748

A Hopeful Future for Kenya
Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2010
A proposed new constitution and international criminal indictments could be a turning point for the country, but significant hurdles remain.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-stoverandpeskin-kenya-20100607,0,6971.story

Indonesia: Aceh Laws Discriminate against Women
IRIN News, 7 June 2010
Earlier this year, Sharia police arrested a 20-year-old college student and her boyfriend for indecency; they had been spending time together even though they were not legally married.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89383

Are Namibian Women Being Forcibly Sterilised?
Inter Press Service News Agency, 1 June 2010
A landmark court case, alleging that HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilised in Namibian state hospitals begins in Windhoek's High Court on Jun. 1. Human rights groups claim the practice has continued long after the authorities were notified.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51678

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