Russia News | Women

Putin signs law reducing punishment for domestic violence in Russia
  • Perpetrators who physically assault family members but do not cause broken bones will now only be subject to 15 days in prison or a fine if the violence only occurs once a year.
  • Previously, the crime had carried a maximum jail sentence of two years, but conservative politicians and advocates argued the state was intruding in private affairs.
  • A spike in reports of domestic violence in Russia’s fourth-largest city following the passage of the law has sparked concerns that the law has increased women’s vulnerability to violence in a country that sees 12-14,000 women die a year as a result of domestic violence.
Coverage

Putin approves legal change that decriminalises some domestic violence” (The Guardian | February 2017)
Domestic violence reports soar in Russian city following partial decriminalisation” (The Independent | February 2017)
Majority in Russia See Domestic Violence as Serious Problem” (Gallup | February 2017)

 

France News | Black

Protests erupt in Paris suburb following violent arrest and sodomization of black man
  • A police officer was charged with using his baton to sodomize Théo L., a 22-year-old black man, while arresting him in the northern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.
  • Police accused the man, who had no previous criminal record, of resisting during a check of his identity papers, but the brutal force used led to the suspension of all four officers involved.
  • Protests took place across the ethnically diverse northern suburbs, including marches, clashes with police, and arrests as protesters called for justice.
Coverage (English)

French police brutality in spotlight again after officer charged with rape” (The Guardian | February 2017)
A French Police Officer Allegedly Raped A Man With A Baton During A Check Of His Papers” (BuzzFeed News | February 2017)
Protesters target police in Paris suburb unrest” (Reuters | February 2017)

Coverage (French)

A Bobigny, un rassemblement contre les violences policières tourne mal” (Le Monde | February 2017)
A Aulnay-sous-Bois, la tension est redescendue d’un cran” (Radio France Internationale | February 2017)

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