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Latest items for LRCM-LAW-2

June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Spousal rape is not a crime" (Pg 41).
June 18, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime punishable by penalties ranging from five to 20 years’ imprisonment. The law applies equally to all survivors, regardless of their sex" (p. 19).
June 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal" (p. 17).
June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman

"The law criminalizes rape with penalties of up to 15 years in prison but does not criminalize spousal rape. The government generally enforced the law when individuals reported cases, but there were indications that many victims did not report rape because of cultural and societal factors. During the year police charged 159 individuals with rape or attempted rape. Foreign nationals working as domestic employees occasionally reported that their sponsors or employees of labor recruitment agencies had sexually abused them. According to diplomatic observers, police investigations resulted in few rape convictions" (Pg 13-14).
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The 2010 Anti-Gender-based Violence Act criminalizes spousal rape, and the penal code criminalizes domestic violence between spouses and among family members living in the same home. The law provides for prosecution of most crimes of gender-based violence, and penalties for conviction range from a fine to 25 years’ imprisonment, depending on the severity of injury and whether a weapon was used" (p. 17)
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"The law does not explicitly recognize spousal rape, and authorities seldom prosecuted it. Victims often sought to deal with the rape within the family or were pressured to do so, and many victims did not report spousal rape due to fear of retribution or loss of economic support" (Pg 16).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"Although rape, including marital rape, is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison, failures to investigate or prosecute cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse were common" (p. 12).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Spousal rape is not illegal" (30).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, ACR-LAW-1

"The Penal Code was revised (Legislative-decree No. 4/2015, 11 November), typifying genocide, crimes against humanity, exploitation of child prostitution and human trafficking. Additionally, it typified crimes of Unconsented Artificial Procreation (article 152ºA) and increased sentence time for all sexual crimes, including sexual crimes against spouse, ex-spouse or partner, as well as crimes based on sexual orientation; increased the age for the crime of minor sexual abuse (previously considered for 14 to 16-year-old minors and now 14 to 18 years — article 145º). The revision of the Penal Code expanded the possibility of punishment for crimes committed outside of the national territory, including FGM (4º, No. 1, al. d)" (10).more
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"There is no provision criminalizing spousal rape" (p. 10).
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape is illegal, but criminal law does not specifically address spousal rape" (32).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes the rape of women or men, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (p. 13 - 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law explicitly prohibits spousal rape and provides the maximum penalty for conviction of raping a domestic partner" (p. 14).
June 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence, including spousal abuse, through provisions in the criminal code that address intentional infliction of injury. Penalties range from fines to 15 years in prison, based on the extent of the injury, although enforcement of the law varied" (p. 23).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Conviction of spousal rape is punishable by up to 720 hours of community service and a fine of 200,000 to one million CFA francs ($340 to $1,701)" (p. 11).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (p. 11).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including rape of a 'close relative,' but the criminal code does not specifically prohibit spousal rape, and the courts did not try any rape cases, according to human rights activists" (26).
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape and domestic violence, is illegal" (p. 11).
May 28, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape" (p. 10).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, but does not criminalize spousal rape because the law states that a woman may not refuse sexual relations with her husband" (34). "The law provides women with protection against domestic violence, except spousal rape, under the general rubric of protecting persons against violence, but authorities did not enforce this provision effectively" (35).
May 28, 2019, 9:27 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"On July 7, 2016 the [German] Parliament unanimously passed a reform of the penal code provisions on rape in line with the principle 'No means no'. This means that every sexual act against somebody’s will is considered a crime" (para 1).
May 24, 2019, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a criminal offense" (p. 11).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is illegal, but there is no law against marital rape, and domestic violence often went unreported due to social stigma" (p. 16).
May 21, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and provides a penalty of two to 15 years in prison for violations" (p. 13).
May 21, 2019, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"Conviction of rape, including spousal rape, is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment" (p. 12).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape (but not spousal rape) and permits a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if the victim dies" (39). "KRG law criminalizes domestic violence, including physical and psychological abuse, threats of violence, and spousal rape" (41) KRG is the Kurdistan Regional Government (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Spousal rape is not specifically mentioned in the penal code, but the underlying conduct can be prosecuted as 'rape,' 'causing injury,' or 'indecent assault'" (25).
May 13, 2019, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: United States

"Jenny Teeson accused her husband of drugging and raping her while she slept two years ago. The Minnesota woman found videos of the incident on her computer, according to the Star Tribune newspaper. However, when the couple went to court, Teeson's husband agreed to a plea deal, was convicted of invading her privacy and received only a 45-day jail sentence. That's because until Thursday, a statute in Minnesota law referenced 'the voluntary relationship defense' for criminal sexual conduct crimes that essentially allowed for marital rape. The statute protected people from prosecution if the sexual misconduct they committed was against a partner in an 'ongoing, voluntary relationship.' Gov. Tim Walz made...more
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law recognizes spousal rape as a specific offense" (15).
May 7, 2019, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape and domestic violence" (p. 8).