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Latest items for IIP-LAW-2

Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"During the year authorities increased penalties for sexual crimes committed against women and children. The law provides for two to five years’ imprisonment for sexual harassment. If the victim is a child, the recommended punishments are longer. Women’s rights activists reported authorities rarely enforced these laws" (page 58).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"In 1998, a law was passed in Israel against sexual harassment. At the time it was viewed as a very progressive law, first by women, and only recently it became one of the factors that enabled the anti-sexual harassment 'Me Too' movement in Israel. The 1998 law turned male sexual harassers into offenders under the law; this same outlook should be extended to prostitution clients" (para 16).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The Committee expresses its deep concern about the risks women human rights defenders and journalists face in the exercise of their professional activities in the State party and at the fact that a number of them had to leave their domicile to seek a place where their life and security would not be threatened. It is concerned at information indicating that they are subjected to different manifestations of violence, such as threats and defamation campaigns, sexual abuse, harassment and feminicide" (7).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"No specific law addressed sexual harassment" (para 118)
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is illegal but remained widespread. The law requires that suspected victims of harassment be informed of their right to assistance. Penalties for sexual harassment depend on the severity of the act and whether blackmail is involved. Police notified all known victims of their right to receive assistance from the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel. The law provides that victims may be informed of the progress on their cases through a computerized system and information call center. The Central Bureau of Statistics conducted a poll for the Ministry of Public Security that indicated 98 percent of sexual harassment victims did not go to the police"...more
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment remained a problem. The law prohibits some forms of sexual harassment, but legal and gender experts regarded the legislation as inadequate. There were reports of incidents of harassment, but in no instance was the law used to protect the victim, nor were there reports of any prosecutions. No law protects women from sexual harassment, and only force or taking advantage of a victim’s physical helplessness carries criminal liability in terms of sexual assault" (page 29).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law addresses sexual harassment in the context of physical contact between men and women, but the law is biased against women. The law prohibits physical contact between unrelated men and women, and punishes it by flogging" (para 152)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual Harassment: Article 281 of the criminal code, which prohibits indecent public acts, serves as the basis for criminal complaints stemming from sexual harassment. Violations of this article are punishable by imprisonment of up to two years and eight months and a small fine" (para 148)
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"On February 14, the Moroccan parliament adopted a new law on violence against women that criminalizes harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women... Furthermore, it imposes penalties for sexual harassment in public spaces and cyber networks" (para 2-3).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"France has outlawed sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential on-the-spot fines of more than £650. The law, part of tougher legislation to fight sexual violence, has come into force after French MPs gave it the green light in a second reading late last night" (para 1-2).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Both the criminal and labor codes criminalize various forms of sexual harassment. Violators face penalties of one to three years in prison and possible suspension of their professional licenses, but the government did not effectively enforce the law. Sexual harassment was a serious societal problem, but it was underreported due to fear of stigma and reprisal" (para 105)
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment. According to the new criminal code, penalties range from fines to imprisonment of three months to one year" (24).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"There is no specific law against sexual harassment. Cultural norms often prevented women from reporting such incidents. There was no record of any person ever being charged or prosecuted for sexual harassment" (para 107)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and those convicted face one- to three-year sentences, or three to five years if the victim is under 18 years old" (21).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment" (15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:21 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:04 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and violations are punishable by imprisonment of not less than one month and not more than six months, and/or a fine of not less than 10,000 pesos ($223) and not more than 20,000 pesos ($446)" (25).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment generally…" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The government prosecutes harassment via the penal code. Conviction of 'disgracing or dishonoring' a person in public is punishable by a minimum of one year and up to 15 years in prison if the victim is under age 14. Conviction of 'infamous' acts against the rules of decency is punishable by a penalty of six months in prison, and 'dishonoring a woman by word or deed on a public roadway' is also a punishable offense" (22).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law puts sexual harassment in the same category as discrimination, but women’s rights groups asserted there was no effective mechanism to protect against sexual harassment" (40).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes sexual harassment" (16).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law does not prohibit sexual harassment and it was a problem" (11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is not illegal and was a widespread problem" (10).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

""Sexual harassment is not illegal, and it was a widespread and severe problem" (16).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Although the penal code incorporates protections against sexual harassment in education, there is no legislation on sexual harassment in public places" (15).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The Gender Equality Act makes sexual harassment punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment. Extreme cases could be prosecuted under certain sections of the penal code, such as indecent assault on a woman or girl, which carries up to a 14-year prison sentence, or insulting the modesty of a woman, a misdemeanor punishable by one year’s incarceration" (16-17).