The Macau Government highlighted the creation of legislation to combat domestic violence in a report delivered this year to the UN on discrimination against women, but acknowledged that there is room for improvement. The document indicates that none of the complaints submitted to the CCAC between 2010 and 2017 about violations of women’s rights went to the Public Prosecutor’s Office as a criminal case.
Macao’s report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), covering the period between 2010 and 2017, was released this month by the United Nations. The document reveals that of a total of 34 complaints about violations of the rights of women submitted to the Commission against Corruption (CCAC) during the period under review, none had been referred to the Prosecutor’s Office as a criminal case.
Most complaints were due to threats, reaching a dozen cases, with the second main reason being linked to illegal detentions. But there are other attacks, namely through torture, homicide, attacks against physical integrity, illegal opening of correspondence or infringement of the privacy of telecommunications and discrimination.
However, 28 of the complaints that reached the CCAC were dismissed for lack of evidence, while three other cases were pending. The remaining three occurrences – from 2010, 2011 and 2013 – were referenced to other entities. “None of the cases were referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office as criminal cases”, says the MSAR in the report.
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