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Latest items for IIP-LAW-2

July 2, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment while it continues to detain women's rights activists...The sexual harassment draft law, passed on Tuesday, comes less than a month before Saudi Arabia lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The conservative Islamic kingdom would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a fine of 300,000 riyals (£60,300) under new laws approved by its cabinet. The measure was drawn up by the Shura Council, which advises cabinet, and now just needs approval from the royal family to become law" (1, 3-5).
June 28, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"In 2013–14, of the 4,748 enquiries to the board, 2,141 were from or on behalf of a woman. In the same reporting period, complaints of sexual harassment almost equalled all other types of sex discrimination complaints with 95 complaints" (B). "The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body that has responsibilities under these three laws. In 2013–14, it received disputes raising 2,718 identifiable issues, including sex discrimination (or approximately six per cent of the total number of issues); sexual harassment (eight per cent); carer status (four per cent); parental status (four per cent); marital status (two per cent); pregnancy (two per cent); and breastfeeding (less...more
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"No legislation addresses sexual harassment and no legal remedy exists for victims of sexual harassment, although the prime minister presented a sexual harassment bill in the House of Representatives in December" (12).
June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, but women who experienced it remained reluctant to approach police or other institutions because of lack of confidence that authorities would respond and because of the perceived stigma associated with making such matters public" (13).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The Harmful Digital Communications Act came into force on 2 July 2015. It implements the Law Commission recommendations to address harmful digital communications, including cyber-bullying. New guidelines on cyber-bullying were made available to all New Zealand schools in February 2015. They provide guidance on a range of best practice strategies to help schools create a safe environment. The Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG) looks at ways to improve support for schools to address the complex issue of bullying. BPAG has developed Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools. MOE provides advice and support through specialist advisers to schools and specific programmes, including the Positive Behaviour for Learning suite of...more
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and the government generally enforced this law. Criminal penalties range from a fine to up to two years in prison" (10).
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment generally…" (10).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

""Sexual harassment is not illegal, and it was a widespread and severe problem" (16).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and provides penalties ranging from two months to five years in prison" (21).
June 5, 2018, 9:02 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law has three chapters and 29 articles which is aimed to end women and children harassment in the country. The law was approved a year ago by parliament and was signed by President Ashraf Ghani this week. Under the law, jail terms and cash fines will be imposed on perpetrators of harassment against women and children" (Para 1-3). "In this law, verbal, physical, written and visual harassments in anywhere against women and children have been defined as a crime. According to article 24 of the law, if anyone commits harassment against women and children in public places and vehicles, will be fined 5,000 to 10,000 AFs. In another article,...more
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is not illegal and was a widespread problem" (10).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law does not criminalize sexual harassment, but indecent sexual behavior toward another person is illegal and punishable by six months to three years in prison" (20).
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"No legislation has been adopted specifically criminalizing violence against women, including…sexual harassment" (7).
May 4, 2018, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2, PRN-LAW-1, IIP-LAW-2

"The new Irish law will help efforts to end demand by holding sex buyers accountable and will also ensure that prostituted individuals and survivors can access comprehensive support services. In addition, it strengthens national laws against sexual grooming, child pornography and sexual harassment in the Republic of Ireland" (pp 2)
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2008 of the State party's combined second, third and fourth periodic reports…in undertaking legislative reform, in particular the adoption of the following legislation…(c) Act No. 243 of 28 May 2012, the Political Harassment and Violence against Women Act, which prohibits all forms of discrimination against women in public and political life" (1-2).
March 15, 2018, 9:34 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"French lawmakers are currently considering a law to fine men for harassing women in public" (para 3).
March 15, 2018, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Peru passed a bill defining and penalizing harassment" (para 3).
March 15, 2018, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Portugal recently made verbal sexual abuse a crime" (para 3).
March 15, 2018, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"A Belgian court convicted a man this week for sexist comments made to a female police officer, the first conviction of its kind under the 2014 Belgian law criminalizing sexist actions in public spaces. The man, who told a female police officer questioning him for jaywalking that 'being a police officer is not a job for women,' was fined €3,000 and could face one month in prison. Belgium’s legal code defines sexism as a gesture or action that is intended to express contempt or suggest that someone is inferior because of their gender" (para 3).
March 15, 2018, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DACH-LAW-1, IIP-LAW-2

"The government of Paraguay enacted a new law that criminalizes femicide, obstetric violence, and online abuse against women" (para 1).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The SCJN has issued nine acting protocols for justice providers, highlighting the protocol for judgment with a gendered perspective, and the acting protocol for justice providers in cases involving sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, it pushed forward the adoption of the Iberoamerican performance protocol to improve access to justice for persons and groups in vulnerable conditions; there is a protocol to attend to political violence against women (elaborated by SEGOB, Electoral Tribunal of Federal Judicial Power (TEPJF), National Electoral Institute (INE), PGR and INMUJERES) which permitted, between 2015 and 2016, the receipt of 141 complaints and the delivery of 8 sentences, and a guide for presenting a complaint of...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"For a description of the special types of crime called gross violation of integrity and gross violation of a woman’s integrity, see Sweden’s fifth report. Violation of integrity crimes have recently been evaluated. The investigation shows that the introduction of these crimes led to a general increase in the penal value of repeat offending in close relationships. On 1 July 2013 the minimum penalty for these crimes was increased and the scope of their application was widened in order to further strengthen the protection in penal law against repeated violations by closely related persons. Today violation of integrity crimes cover various types of violent crimes, crimes against liberty and peace,...more
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and provides civil penalties. Sexual contact induced by certain threats may also fall under the criminal code, with a maximum 14-year prison sentence" (8).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment" (15).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is illegal in both the public and private sectors. The law specifies maximum fines of 20,000 baht ($550) for individuals convicted of sexual harassment. The punishment depends on the degree of harassment. Abuse categorized as an indecent act may result in maximum 15 years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of 30,000 baht ($830)" (37).
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:22 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

“Parliament passed a measure last week [written August 1, 2017] outlawing violence against women…The new law makes it easier to prosecute domestic abuse, and it imposes penalties for sexual harassment in public spaces. It says that citizens are entitled to notify the police if they witness violence against women, and that children should be educated in schools about human rights. And it calls for both the police and judges to be trained on how to handle violence against women” (p 1-2)
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"On July 26, the Tunisian parliament passed the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women, which introduces criminal provisions and penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence, and includes provisions to prevent child labor, sexual harassment in public places" (para 6).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, such crimes (primarily rapes, molestations and stalking) have skyrocketed by a whopping 60 percent between 2010 and 2011 and 2014 and 2015" (para 4). It is considered a crime to stalk another individual; majority of stalking victims are women (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 17, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Although woman’s empowerment has been at the top of Egypt’s priorities during the past decade, with legislative changes and a large number of initiatives – for example, anti-trafficking and anti-harassment laws, and the women’s quota in the Egyptian parliament - still girls and women face enormous challenges in the country" (para 1). The article does not describe the anti-harassmetn laws in detail, but indicates they are present in the country (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 27, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The age is just one piece of an upcoming bill on sexual violence and harassment. The bill has gained importance amid worldwide concern unleashed by the allegations against Harvey Weinstein" (para 11).