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Latest items for LRW-LAW-1

July 18, 2018, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal" (24). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 12. The statutory rape law criminalizes sex with minors under 12 and sex with a child under 18 involving force, threat, or intimidation" (28).
July 18, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The penal code criminalizes rape with a maximum penalty of death" (15). "The law forbids engaging in sexual activity with children under age 16 and stipulates penalties of 14 to 21 years in prison. The law further prohibits 'indecent practice' in the presence of or with a child, with offenders liable to imprisonment of up to 14 years" (19).
July 17, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence, but it was not effectively enforced...Civil society organizations noted that while the wording of the revised penal code, passed in December 2014, covers both vaginal and anal sex, it does not cover other forms of rape such as oral sex and insertion of objects" (14). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (18).
July 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Military personnel are immune from prosecution in civilian courts, except in cases of homicide or rape involving a civilian" (10-11). "The 35-day statute of limitation on rape and the fact that neither torture nor forced disappearance has been criminalized posed additional challenges to the criminal justice component of the transitional justice process, according to human rights lawyers" (25). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (33).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Act No. 18.561 of 11 September 2009, on sexual harassment" (page 2).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Notwithstanding the steps taken to prevent and combat violence against women, such as the development and implementation of a national plan of action for the prevention and eradication of violence against women and children covering the period 2001-2015 on the mainland and in Zanzibar and the establishment of dedicated desks at major police stations throughout the State party to process cases involving children and women who are victims of abuse, the Committee expresses deep concern about: . . . (b) The lack of a comprehensive law criminalizing all forms of violence against women and providing for victim support and assistance" (page 7).
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment" (11). "The law criminalizes sexual relations by an adult with a child--male or female--under the age of 16 and provides for penalties ranging from 15 years to life imprisonment" (11). "The law prohibits sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old, the minimum age for consensual sex" (14).
June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape and domestic violence are criminal offenses" (13). "The age of consent is 16" (15).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Government is also considering the Law Commission’s recommendations to create a specialist court for sexual violence, make changes to procedural and evidential rules in court and to establish an alternative process for resolving sexual violence outside the criminal justice system" (page 33). "In December 2014 Government established a Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence to bring a more coordinated whole-of-government approach to addressing family and sexual violence. Membership of the Ministerial Group includes Ministers of all the relevant policy and operational portfolios, and all the population portfolios. The work programme of the Ministerial Group focuses on: preventing family violence and sexual violence from happening in the first...more
June 25, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law effectively" (7).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a statutory offense" (14). "With few exceptions, the law designates 16 as the minimum age for consensual sex. The law permits consensual sex below the age of 16 in cases where one partner is not more than three years older than the other" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal but remained a serious and pervasive problem" (30). "The law defines statutory rape as sexual intercourse between anyone under age 18 and an adult more than two years older" (37). "In June the president signed into law changes to decriminalize consensual sexual conduct between children ages 12 to 16" (37).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved, since the consideration in 2006 of the fifth periodic report of the State party (CEDAW/C/THA/CO/5), in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: … Criminal Code Amendment Acts, in 2007, inter alia, to criminalize marital rape and broaden the definition of rape and sexual assault and, in 2015, to provide for the prosecution and punishment for rape of a minor, even if a court grants permission for the perpetrator to marry the victim" (1-2). "It also notes that section 277 of the Criminal Code has been revised to ensure that perpetrators of rape of a child under 15 years of age...more
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence are illegal, and the government enforced the law effectively" (10). "The law criminalizes “contact with children under 15 for sexual purposes,” including internet contact intended to lead to sexual assault...The minimum age for consensual sex is 15." (11).
June 12, 2018, 7:55 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"An advisor counsels Kahtera and the subtitle states the following: 'We need to prove that it was rape and not consensual intercourse, otherwise they are going to charge you for illegal sex'" (1:14). It appears from this statement that there are laws against rape, but it may be difficult to prove (AA-CODER COMMENT).
June 10, 2018, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"French MPs have decided against introducing an age of sexual consent, sparking criticism from campaigners. France's lower house of parliament voted to toughen laws on the rape of minors but stopped short of setting a legal age of consent. A bill had been proposed which suggested a legal age of consent set at 15, but this was rejected after a heated debate today. Had it been passed, it would have been France's first law on a legal age below which a minor cannot agree to a sexual relationship with an adult. Instead, MPs approved a clause in which relations between an adult and a minor under 15 could be classified...more
June 10, 2018, 8:24 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"'She would have screamed if it had been against her will,' he said. Last month, Mr. Luza was sentenced to six years in prison for rape" (Para 33).
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (9). "The minimum age for engaging in consensual sexual relations is 18" (12).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 years to life" (15).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime" (20). "On December 24, the law was amended to establish 15 as the legal age of consent. The law criminalizes sex with children under the age of 15" (24). "On December 24, the law was amended to establish 15 as the legal age of consent, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to the amendment, the legal age of consent was 15 for heterosexual sex and 17 for sexual intercourse between men; the law did not specify an age of consent for sex between women" (30).
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-1

"Rape is illegal, and the law provides the same punishment for a relative, including the spouse, who commits rape as for a nonrelative. Rape victims may act as full legal parties in criminal cases brought against alleged assailants and may seek compensation as part of a court verdict without initiating a separate civil action," (52).
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government generally enforced the law effectively" (15). "The law criminalizes the statutory rape of minors under the age of 15, the minimum age for consensual sex, and the government generally enforced the law effectively. The penalty for statutory rape is 15 years’ imprisonment, which can be increased, depending on the age of the victim and relationship to the accused" (19).
May 31, 2018, 8:39 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Tens of thousands took to the streets across Spain last week to protest the verdict of a sexual assault case in Pamplona, in which five men were acquitted of rape charges and instead found guilty of sexual abuse, a lesser offense in the Spanish legal system. The men, who filmed their gang rape of a teenager on their mobile phones, claimed that the victim’s immobility during the assault proved her consent" (Para 2)
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The maximum penalty for rape is life imprisonment" (9). Indicates that rape is illegal but does not go into detail about what is classified and defined as "rape" within the legal context (AA-CODER COMMENT). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 15" (12).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, with punishment set at three to five years’ imprisonment" (19). "The age of consensual sex is 15 years. The law does not contain penalties specifically for child prostitution, but the penalty for sex with a child (defined as younger than 15 years) is one to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 to three million kip ($62 to $370). The law does not include statutory rape as a crime distinct from sex with a child or rape of any person" (22).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law" (11). "The law criminalizes engaging in, or attempting to engage in, a sexual act with a child younger than 17" (13).
May 13, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The EVAW law criminalizes violence against women, including rape, battery, or beating; forced marriage; humiliation; intimidation; and deprivation of inheritance, although its implementation remained limited. The law provides for a sentence of 16 to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. If the act results in the death of the victim, the law provides for a death sentence for the perpetrator. The law provides for imprisonment of up to seven years for the “violation of chastity of a woman...that does not result in adultery (such as sexual touching).” Under the law, rape does not include spousal rape. The law was not widely understood, and some in the public and the religious communities...more
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"No legislation has been adopted specifically criminalizing violence against women, including…sexual violence" (7).
April 26, 2018, 3:28 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government generally enforced the law" (10). "The age for consensual sex is 16" (12).
April 25, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government generally enforced the law" (10). "The age for consensual sex is 16" (12).