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Latest items for DSFMF-LAW-1

Jan. 8, 2018, 12:11 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Doctors have begun implementing an order from the Russian Investigative Committee - seen as the equivalent of the FBI - demanding that all medical evidence of sex involving girls under the age of 16 should be reported to the police" (para 2). "Doctors must 'inform police about all cases when virginity was lost as well as about cases of pregnancies and abortions involving girls under 16 years old', he demanded. Specifically, the order instructs doctors to check girls 'and report all cases when the integrity of the hymen is damaged'" (para 6-7).
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"In 2015, Amnesty International called on the Tunisian government to pass laws recognizing martial rape and eliminate those criminalizing sexual relations between consenting, unmarried adults" (para 4).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"Some proposed amendments to the penal code would make matters worse for women, including a change to the penal code which would extend the possibility for reduced sentences for murder and assault to any family member who catches a family member engaged in illicit sexual intercourse (such as adultery). The government should repeal such provisions"(3-4)
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"'Article 427 of Afghanistan’s criminal law regarding fornication states that losing one’s virginity before marriage is a serious offence and the ‘criminal’ should be punished for it,' said Ashraf Baskhtyari, head of the Forensic Science Centre, an NGO that opposes forced virginity examinations. 'In addition, according to articles 444 and 449, police are permitted to seek the help of experts to solve cases in which there is a need for a medical examination; therefore, the police force of Afghanistan sends the ‘criminals’ accused of sexual crimes to a forensic centre'" (para 30). "'Even when a person is accused of fornication, the case must be proved by strong evidence as well ...more
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti

"The criminal code excuses a husband who kills his wife or her partner found engaging in an act of adultery in his home, but a wife who kills her husband under similar circumstances is subject to prosecution" (24).
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"Courts may sentence women found guilty of adultery to up to one year in prison, while adultery by men is punishable only if judged to have 'an injurious quality'" (28).
Dec. 2, 2016, 7:03 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The law falls short, however, of ensuring protections for non-cohabiting current or former partners, spouses, or relatives, leaving a critical gap in protection for women and girls who have never lived or are no longer living with boyfriends, partners, spouses, or in-laws who abused them."
Dec. 1, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Guinea

"Adultery is frowned on, but not uncommon, and to some degree may be expected for both men and women. Traditional punishments involve a fine imposed on the male adulterer by the aggrieved husband, and no particular formal punishment for the woman"(para 2)
June 3, 2016, 11:43 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Among the legal novelties introduced by the Family Code are the juridical equality of both spouses and the joint exercise of parental authority. Their domicile is established in the home where both spouses have their habitual residence. Another important change is the disappearance of the concept of adultery; on the other hand, that of infidelity is included for both spouses" (35).
May 25, 2016, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"In 26 February 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that Article 241 of the Criminal Code, which stipulates imprisonment for up to two years for those who commit adultery, is unconstitutional on the grounds that it restricts the confidentiality and freedom of privacy guaranteed by the Constitution by intervening in sexual self- determination and the private realms of an individual’s sex life" (40).
May 19, 2016, 11 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon

"The Committee is concerned about the discriminatory definition of adultery, which is broader for women than for men" (12).
May 11, 2016, 11 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The judicial system has repeatedly found itself challenged by Islamist elements. However, the secular courts have consistently maintained that adultery or pre-marital sex is not illegal in Bangladesh" (8).
March 16, 2016, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"A woman has been stoned to death in south-east Yemen after being accused of adultery and prostitution by an Al-Qaeda Sharia court" (para 1). "According to Islamic sharia law, married men or women can be stoned to death for having sex outside wedlock, while those who are unmarried face being lashed" (para 9).
March 4, 2016, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The majority of marriages are still forced, honor killings are not unusual, and any involvement of the justice system in a rape case usually means that only the victim goes to jail, charged with adultery or with having had premarital sex — unless she, as a commonly imposed solution, is forced to marry her rapist"(2). From this statement it appears that adultery laws are specific to women at least most of the time since they are usually the victim of rape (ENB-Coder Comment)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Article 630 of the previous Penal Code expressly allowed a husband to kill his wife and her lover, if he caught them in flagrante, ('in blazing offense' in Latin; legal term that indicates a criminal has been caught in the act of committing an offense). However if he knows that his wife acted under coercion, he may only kill her rapist (Article 630). While in the new Penal Code Article 630 is unchanged, a paragraph has been added to Article 300 which again stresses the exemption of husband from qisas (retaliation) in cases where he kills his wife and her lover in flagrante. In fact, not only has Article 630 ...more
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the revision of the Criminal Code to bring it into line with the Convention and the decision of the Constitutional Court of 2009, in which the Court considered that criminal provisions regarding adultery were discriminatory against women. The Committee is concerned, however, about the absence in the State party’s legislation of a specific definition of discrimination against women in accordance with article 1 of the Convention" (3)
Jan. 21, 2016, 9:25 p.m.
Countries: Syria

“The Islamic State group has become infamous for gruesome executions and is reported to have stoned women to death on allegations of adultery” (para 6, 7). At this time the current ruling body in this area of Syria is the Islamic State. Women in this area are subject to sharia law as implemented by Da’esh rather than Syrian national law (SL – CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 20, 2016, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka

"The life of a Sri Lankan maid due to be stoned to death in Saudi Arabia for adultery has been spared, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry says. She will instead be imprisoned, Sri Lankan Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Harsha de Silva announced. An appeal by Sri Lanka was considered by Saudi Arabia and the execution order was withdrawn, he said. The woman was convicted in August, along with an unmarried Sri Lankan man. She was sentenced to death by stoning, while the man was sentenced to 100 lashes" (para 1-5). "Saudi Arabia's initial decision to stone the woman was condemned in Sri Lanka. Government official Ranjan Ramanayake said the Sri Lankan ...more
Jan. 20, 2016, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"Before the introduction of the Protection of Women Act-2006, thousands of women languished in jails on unproven charges of adultery. 'There was no distinction between zina and rape before,’ says Anis Haroon, former head of the National Commission of the Status of Women (NCSW), 'That’s why the law was being misused. The victim had to prove she had been raped and if she couldn’t, she would be charged with fornication.’ … 'I think in 2011, when I was still a chair of the commission, we published a report on the effectiveness of introducing this act,' says Haroon. 'According to that, there were no women prisoners to be found in the ...more
Jan. 14, 2016, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned about:...(c) The existence in the Penal Code of provisions on sanctions that are applied only to women in cases of adultery and of less punitive sanctions for men compared with women for killings motivated by adultery" (13)
Jan. 14, 2016, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain

"Honor killings are punishable under Bahraini law, but Article 334 of the penal code permits a reduced penalty for one who suddenly finds his or her spouse in the act of adultery and immediately assaults or kills the spouse or the spouse’s accomplice" (9).
Jan. 7, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The provision in the Islanders’ Divorce Act that a husband may seek damages from any person on grounds of adultery when filing a judicial separation claim or for divorce" (15)
Jan. 6, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Benin

"Article 137 of the customary law states categorically that 'adultery on the part of husbands is never punishable'. Article 135, on the other hand, expressly prohibits adultery by women. In cases of adultery, Bariba women are whipped in public and given a divorce (art. 145 of the customary law). In the provinces of Atlantique and Ouémé husbands make do with compensation, which serves as 'purification' for the women. Purification rites are often humiliating and degrading for women and generally result in a kind of 'social death' for adulterous women. The Constitutional Court rendered a decision in 2009 ending such injustice by finding punishment of adulterous women to be discriminatory. Women ...more
Jan. 4, 2016, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"ISIS militants stoned a couple to death in an Iraqi town as a crowd watched powerless to stop the brutal attack...The pair — who were aged in their 30s — had been convicted of adultery in an ISIS court" (para 1).
Dec. 31, 2015, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"In April, after two years of deliberation, largely through consulting documents, the court held a public hearing, which lawyers said indicated that the nine justices were nearing a decision. The case follows the decision in February to decriminalize adultery, a landmark ruling that analysts said reflected changing social attitudes toward sex" (para 5)
Dec. 31, 2015, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Unable to obtain a divorce, abandoned, and almost helpless to support her children, Roqia eventually married another man who was willing to take care of her and her children. But when her first husband discovered this he reported her to police. Both Roqia and her second husband were arrested and convicted of zina. Roqia was sentenced to five years in prison. Her second husband received the same sentence" (61). "Zina is the crime of sexual intercourse by two individuals who are not married to each other" (101).
Dec. 31, 2015, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The militant orders her to be 'content and happy' that she is about to be stoned to death because, he says, her death has been ordered by God and is therefore required under Islamic law" (para 10).
Oct. 22, 2015, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Legislation makes provisions for measures to counter human rights violations and physical or mental cruelty. The Criminal Code provides for punishment for the following offences against women: a) Rape (art. 138); b) Violent sexual acts (art. 139); c) Sexual coercion (art. 140); d) Sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with persons under the age of 16 (art. 141); e) Debauchery (art. 142)" (5)
Aug. 17, 2015, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"The Committee is concerned about: 1) The existence of discriminatory provisions in the 1987 Family Code, including...the application of a broader definition of adultery to women than to men (art. 467)" (12-13)
July 29, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Saadia Rajab is a 22 year old Sudanese woman who was charged with adultery and sentenced to death by stoning…[but] absence of a husband for at least one year is tantamount to divorce and is, therefore, grounds for cancellation of a stoning sentence" (p 1, 3). "In February of this year, an amendment of Article 149 of the Criminal Code established a distinction between rape and adultery" (p 10)