Indian gang-raped woman recovering


This video from India says about itself:

Indian woman allegedly gang-raped recovers in hospital

23 Jan 2014

The woman who was allegedly gang-raped in India, on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man, was recovering in a local hospital on Thursday.

So, now at least a bit of good news after yesterday’s horrible news.

Now, one should hope for more good news. Like complete recovery for this woman. Like effective anti-rape policies, in India and elsewhere.

And police in India used water cannons on women protesting last week’s horrific gang-rape and murder of two teenage girls.

India 2014 election results: here.

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Dutch ‘justice’ top bureaucrat suspected of raping children


This 2012 video from the USA is called Top Dutch Official Facing Child Rape Allegations, JORIS DEMMINK.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Court: public prosecutor should prosecute Demmink

Update: Tuesday 21 Jan 2014, 13:32

Former top official Joris Demmink should be prosecuted for rape. The court in Arnhem says that the public prosecutor, who previously did not start a criminal investigation, should prosecute anyway.

Demmink, who was until 2012 the Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice, has long been the subject of rumours about the abuse of underage boys. So far, that never led to a criminal court case.

Two Turkish men have now enforced prosecution in an Article 12 procedure at the court. They say they have been raped by Demmink when they were children when he was on mission in Turkey.

If Demmink’s guilt will be proven, then this looks a Dutch parallel of the horrible Jimmy Savile scandal in Britain, which also continued for decades without prosecution.

Demmink is a member of the Right wing VVD party, the party of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte.

Minister of Justice Opstelten (also VVD) said today that he is not sure whether the government will continue to pay Demmink’s lawyer, as is the case so far. A majority in the Dutch parliament says these payments should stop. Some MPs say that Demmink never should have been paid, and that he should give back taxpayers’ money which he received so far.

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Japanese World War II forced prostitution and art


By Katherine Brooks in the USA:

11/25/13 EST

The History Of ‘Comfort Women‘: A WWII Tragedy We Can’t Forget

The phrase “comfort women” is a controversial term that refers to approximately 200,000 women who were recruited as prostitutes by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Many of the young women were forced into servitude and exploited as sex slaves throughout Asia, becoming victims of the largest case of human trafficking in the 20th century.

The trade of comfort women is thus a massive violation of human rights that’s been left out of our textbooks, leaving the individuals embroiled in the atrocious practice to be remembered merely as abstract characters in a taboo history. Korean-born, New York-based artist Chang-Jin Lee seeks to correct this constructed view in “Comfort Women Wanted,” a multimedia exhibition that delves into the personal histories of the Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Dutch women whose identities have long been overlooked and misunderstood.

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Comfort Women Wanted. Ad-like billboard of a Taiwanese “comfort woman” survivor at The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist.

“In Asia, the comfort women issue remains taboo and controversial, while at the same time, it is almost unknown in the West,” Lee explains in a statement about the project. “Human trafficking is the fastest growing industry in the world, and the second largest business after arms dealing in the 21st century. So, the comfort women issue is not just about the past, but it is very relevant today.”

The title of Lee’s show refers to the advertisements found in wartime newspapers; a failed attempt at attracting volunteers into prostitution. Instead, young women as young as 11-years-old were kidnapped and forced into service where they faced rape, torture and extreme violence at military camps known as “comfort stations.”

“Most were teenagers… and were raped by between 10 to 100 soldiers a day at military rape camps,” Lee states on her website. “Women were starved, beaten, tortured, and killed. By some estimates only 25 to 30 percent survived the ordeal.”

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Comfort Women Wanted. Video still of a former Japanese soldier during WWII. Image courtesy of the artist.

In an attempt to shine light on this oft-forgotten segment of WWII history, Lee’s exhibit mimics the old advertisements, displaying the real faces of comfort women as they appeared in the 1930s and ’40s, framed by the words of their trade. These striking images are shown alongside stark portraits of the women who are still alive today, many of whom appear in the accompanying video installation. There, Lee interviews individuals she met during travels throughout Asia in 2008, discussing their experiences as comfort women and their modern-day dreams and desires.

In one of the more startling moments of the documentary-like footage, Lee speaks with a former soldier, Yasuji Kaneko, who recounts the terrifying lives of captive women he encountered in hopes “we never repeat what we did in the war and that there will never be war again.

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Comfort Women Wanted. Ad-like kiosk poster of a Dutch “comfort woman” survivor in English, with QR Code, in collaboration with The New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program. Public Art in Chelsea, New York City, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.

“Comfort Women Wanted” provides a platform for women to expunge their illicit memories while archiving the harsh reality of mid century violence against women. Drenched in red, black and white, the exhibition is a visual overload that makes clear its aim to carve a place in our collective memory, paying tribute to moments that have long been removed from contemporary discussions of truth and justice. At the same time, Lee’s images do more than harken to the past. The portraits foretell a dark future — one that will persist if crimes against women continue to exist only in the murky, deep ends of our shared history.

Lee’s works are currently on view at Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh until December 1, 2013. You can see a preview of the exhibition below and a trailer for her video installation here. Let us know your thoughts on the project in the comments.

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Comfort Women Wanted. Video still. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Comfort Women Wanted. Ad-like prints, multichannel video installation, at Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Comfort Women Wanted. Video still of a former Chinese “comfort woman” survivor. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Comfort Women Wanted. Ad-like billboard of a Taiwanese “comfort woman” survivor, at Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

Somali journalists jailed for reporting about rape


This video says about itself:

Women imprisoned for being raped in Somalia – FOCUS – 06/06/2013

In Somalia, women who fled a famine two years ago are now falling prey to rape by militias and even government troops. These attacks are taking place in displaced [persons'] camps where they hoped to find refuge. An organisation is helping victims, offering counselling and legal support, but it’s uphill battle in a country where speaking out against rape is still widely considered taboo. In January this year, a woman was even sent to prison after complaining that she was violated by government soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Pentagon and its NATO allies have installed a government wanting to bring back the death penalty by stoning.

In Somalia, the Pentagon and its NATO allies have installed a government using its police and jails to cover up rape scandals.

From Dalsan Radio (Mogadishu, Somalia):

Somalia: Shabelle Radio Director Arrested Over Rape Case

26 November 2013

Shabelle Radio dircetor arrested for allowing a reporter to use the station’s camera to record an interview with an alleged rape victim.

Somali government security forces have arrested the director of privately owned radio station Shabelle for allowing a reporter to use the station’s camera to record an interview with an alleged rape victim.

Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamud said he was arrested because a camera belonging to the station was used by Mohamed Bashir, a Shabelle reporter who interviewed the alleged victim.

“I’m in prison because Mohamed, who is also in prison with me, interviewed the woman that was allegedly raped using a camera belonging to the radio station,” he said.

Bashir was arrested five days ago when a video interview of the alleged victim surfaced online. The alleged victim and the reporter who interviewed her were arrested after the alleged attackers filed a defamation case against both of them. No date for hearing has been set.

Somalia‘s western backed government said it cannot do anything about the case, which is in the hands of the court.

… The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Somali government to release the journalists.

“We call upon authorities to release Mohamed Bashir and the victim of the alleged rape, and to ensure a transparent and efficient investigation into the allegations,” Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“This is not the first time in Somalia that the victim of an alleged rape and a messenger are harassed or imprisoned for reporting such allegations.” Last month, Somali government security forces raided the Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle, forcing the station to go off the air.

Somalia is considered on the most dangerous working environment for journalists. In 2012 alone more than 12 journalists were killed in Somalia – the second highest total in the world after Syria – with most of the killings occurring in the capital city Mogadishu.

Rape is like a car accident, and other terrible things said about women, abortion, and rape in 2013: here.

‘Peacekeepers’ accused of gang-raping Somali woman


This video about Somalia is called Amisom Rape Allegations.

From Sabahi:

Somalia: Human Rights Watch Criticises Response to Alleged Amisom Rape Case

11 November 2013

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Monday (November 11th) for Somalia‘s government to order a new, impartial and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers, AFP reported.

HRW said the response to the incident “has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the female rape survivor and support service providers”.

A Somali woman alleged in August that she had been stopped on the streets of Mogadishu by three soldiers from the Somali National Army, blindfolded and forced into a car, before being handed over to AMISOM troops, where she says she was repeatedly raped.

The woman, in her late 20s with a young baby, was unconscious during the attack and says she does not know how many men raped her.

AMISOM said at the time it had launched an investigation. But Human Rights Watch said that “three months on, the government’s investigation into the case has been mismanaged and no findings have been made public”.

Somali civil society activists called on the government last week to complete the investigation and make the results public.

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British Conservative politician charged with rape


This video is called Britain: Legislator Is Charged With Sexual Assault and Rape.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Deputy speaker Nigel Evans to be charged with sexual offences

Commons deputy speaker resigns from role after CPS announces charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and rape

Ben Quinn

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Nigel Evans has resigned as a House of Commons deputy speaker after the director of public prosecutions announced that the Conservative MP would be charged with sex offences against seven men.

The 55-year-old politician, who denies all of the allegations and pledged on Tuesday night to continue working as an MP from the backbenches, is accused of two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one rape count.

Evans, who represents the Ribble Valley constituency in Lancashire, answered bail on Tuesday having previously been arrested in May and June. He was rearrested and interviewed by detectives throughout the day before being charged. …

The indecent assaults are alleged to have been committed between 1 January 2002 and 1 January 2004; the sexual assaults between 1 January 2009 and 1 April 2013, and the rape between 29 March and 1 April 2013. He will appear before magistrates in Preston on 18 September.

Keir Starmer QC, the director of public prosecutions, said on Tuesday night: “Following an investigation by Lancashire police, the Crown Prosecution Service has received a file of evidence in the case of Mr Nigel Evans MP which concerns allegations of a sexual nature.

“After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans.

“Lancashire constabulary has therefore been authorised to charge two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape relating to a total of seven alleged victims.

“The decision in this case was taken by Joanne Cunliffe, an experienced specialist rape prosecutor, in consultation with John Dilworth, head of the CPS north-west complex casework unit, and in consultation with an external and highly experienced criminal QC.

“I have also been consulted on this case. The decision has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences.”

In all of the cases, for which Evans was arrested in May and June, the complainants were men who were in their 20s at the time of the alleged offences.

Evans was first elected to parliament in 1992, regaining Ribble Valley from the Liberal Democrats at the general election in that year.

MP Nigel Evans moaned yesterday about facing “financial ruin” after clearing his name of sex assault charges in court — despite voting to cut legal aid for Britain’s poorest: here. And here.