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Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

“’To date, Egypt has no comprehensive law criminalizing sexual violence,” lamented Fatemah Khafagy, a prominent women's rights advocate. “Rights advocates have been calling for a holistic approach to the problem rather than scattered provisions within the Penal Code stipulating penalties for offenders. A comprehensive law would spell out preventative and protective measures such as training of prosecutors and judges, sexual education being incorporated in the school curriculum and services provided to survivors such as shelters,” she told Al-Monitor” (para. 19). “Hassan highlighted the shortcomings in the current law: “It takes into account neither domestic violence nor the sexual harassment of men. The definition of rape is also problematic as it...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 4 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Nousiainen has a case pending against the state, claiming an infringement of duty to protect women from violence, and says current legislation is not strong enough to safeguard women. 'It has taken decades to turn all forms of assault into crimes under public prosecution, and legislation making lack of consent rather than violence a decisive factor in rape is only now under preparation,' she said" (para 20-21).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

" First, the authorities destroyed the evidence and later, they started questioning the character of the victim by narrating shady stories of “used condoms” being found at her compound. Her case was also dismissed on the grounds that the victim failed to produce four witnesses of the incident" (para 2). "The trial was heard at Lahore High Court and later by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. After nine years of trials and appeals, the Supreme Court killed Mukhtar Mai’s hope for justice and acquitted all except one suspect in her case. The court failed to properly appraise the medico-legal evidence in Mukhtar Mai’s case and let the suspects go scot...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"In Egypt, unwanted sexual contact is punished with a minimum of one year in prison and a fine" (para 14).
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Under legislation that Parliament passed in March, anyone who kidnaps, rapes or murders a minor can face life imprisonment or the death penalty" (para 26).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The government also cracked down on sexual violence laws in March, deeming all non-consensual sex as rape" (para 12).
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Eren pursued an arranged marriage with Nur, promising her escape from the Kilis Camp on Turkey’s southern border. After he raped her repeatedly on their honeymoon, Nur fled, taking shelter at her brother’s house. But Nur says the stigma of divorce for Syrian women is unbearable, and so she prepares to reconcile with Eren" (para 3).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

“The law in the West African nation had carried a maximum penalty of 15 years, with no minimum sentencing requirement. Advocates say one man convicted of raping a 13-year-old served only 24 hours last year” (para 11).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"[W]hile rape was illegal and could attract a sentence of up to ten years, men’s violence against women received the lightest of prison terms" (6-7).
Dec. 17, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

“Mr. Joko said that “sexual violence against children has increased significantly” in Indonesia, although his government has not provided data to back his assertions” (para. 6). “The local news media has cited the country’s National Commission on Violence Against Women as saying that around 35 Indonesian women a day are victims of sexual violence” (para. 8).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

“Paedophiles can be chemically castrated or executed under tough new laws passed by the Indonesian parliament” (para 1). “Repeat offenders and those who abuse family members face 10 to 20 years jail and courts can also order their chemical castration and tagging with a microchip” (para 2). “Those [paedophiles] who murder their victims or leave them with permanent physical or psychological trauma, or give them a sexually transmitted disease, can be execute[d]” (para 3). “Australian man Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis, who is on trial for the alleged sexual abuse of at least 11 girls ­between the ages of eight and 17 in Bali, will be spared as the laws are...more
Dec. 5, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

“Five men who gang-raped a 15-year-old girl have today been sentenced to death in Bangladesh, just days after the country approved capital punishment for rape cases” (para 1). “It marks the first conviction since the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week introduced the death penalty for rape. Gang-rape already carried the death sentence, but rape by a single offender had previously been punishable only by life imprisonment” (para 5-6). “In response, the country's cabinet this week approved an increase in the maximum punishment in rape cases to death from life imprisonment” (para 10).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:56 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“In September, the governor of Nigeria's Kaduna state signed a law saying men convicted of rape would be subjected to surgical castration - with those found guilty of raping a child under the age of 14 facing the death penalty” (para 2). “The [Kaduna] state's newly amended penal code also says a person convicted of raping someone over age 14 will face life imprisonment. The previous law carried a maximum penalty of 21 years' imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child. A woman convicted of rape of a child under 14 faces the removal of her Fallopian tubes” (para 13-15).more
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The cases of sexual violence are investigated as all other criminal cases. There are no specific regulations with the accent on gender sensitivity" (42).
Oct. 6, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1

"The progressive ruling builds on Eswatini's ongoing law reform process, aimed at promoting and protecting women's and girls' rights that included the passing of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018, which provides a framework to curb sexual and gender-based violence in the country" (para 2).
Oct. 3, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1

“O’Keeffe v. Ireland (28 January 2014 (Grand Chamber)): This case concerned the question of the responsibility of the State for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. The applicant complained in particular that the Irish State had failed both to structure the primary education system so as to protect her from abuse as well as to investigate or provide an appropriate judicial response to her ill-treatment. She also claimed that she had not been able to obtain recognition of, and compensation for, the State’s failure to protect her. The Court held that there had been a violation of...more
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2020, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Britain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Luxembourg already define rape as sex without consent, while Denmark, Finland, Spain, and Portugal have promised similar reforms" (para 8).