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Latest items for LRW-LAW-2

Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, LRW-LAW-3, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law on sexual violence criminalizes rape, but the offense was not always reported by victims and the law was not always enforced. Rape was common. The legal definition of rape does not include spousal rape. It also prohibits extrajudicial settlements (for example, a customary fine paid by the perpetrator to the family of the victim) and forced marriage, allows victims of sexual violence to waive appearance in court, and permits closed hearings to protect confidentiality. The minimum penalty prescribed for rape is a prison sentence of five years, and courts regularly imposed such a sentence in rape convictions" (page 39).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape regardless of age or gender is illegal and punishable if convicted by five to 10 years’ imprisonment or up to 15 years if the victim is younger than 15" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is a criminal offense under sharia with a wide range of penalties from flogging to execution" (40).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape and sexual violence carry basic penalties of five to 10 years’ imprisonment. The law establishes 15 years as the minimum age for consensual sex" (p. 16).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape and sexual violence, which carry a penalty of five to 25 years in prison" (p. 14).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years, and defilement is punishable by imprisonment for seven to 25 years" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Convicted rapists may be punished with prison sentences ranging from five to 25 years, while indecent assault is a misdemeanor subject to a minimum term of imprisonment of six months" (p. 15).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Punishment if convicted of sex with a child under age 15 is three to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to two million GNF ($220)" (p. 18).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is punishable by five to 20 years in prison" (p. 16).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is prohibited and punishable by imprisonment. Nevertheless, rape--including rape of female refugees--was a problem (see section 2.d.). The law does not specifically address spousal rape. Police often detained alleged perpetrators, but rape cases usually were not tried. Authorities fined and released most rape suspects. Communities sometimes compelled rape victims to marry their attackers" (page 15-16).
July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Last December, Magufuli pardoned two child rapists who raped 10 primary school children, after serving 13 years of their life sentences" (para 19).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

" Rape is a felony, subject to punishment by at least 15 years in prison, but the government did not enforce the law" (Pg 44).
July 19, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The rape law carries a penalty for conviction of two to 12 years in prison" (p. 9).
July 19, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, and provides penalties for conviction of two to 12 years in prison" (p. 8).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual assault, including rape and spousal rape, with penalties of two to 10 years’ imprisonment for conviction of attempted sexual violation and at least 12 years’ imprisonment for conviction of rape or sexual violation . . . The law covers all women and requires police and local authorities to grant various levels of protection and support services to survivors of violence or those at risk of violence. It also requires government services, such as shelter and temporary financial support, for victims and provides for family courts to impose sanctions on perpetrators. According to press reports, as of September 11, the MOFSP reported 300 women changed their identities...more
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"In July parliament passed the new criminal code that will not come into effect until 2018. In the meantime the existing law requires prison sentences for rape that vary between five and 15 years depending on the victim’s age. The law also mandates five years’ additional imprisonment in the case of gang rape, rape of pregnant women, or rape of a woman with disabilities. The victim’s compensation depends on the degree of mental and physical abuse. Under the 2015 Act to Amend Some Nepal Acts to Maintain Gender Equality and End Gender-Based Violence, the sentence for marital rape is three to five years’ imprisonment and the statute of limitations for...more
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of men or women, including spousal rape, is illegal. Although there is no crime defined as rape, the equivalent crimes are sexual coercion and sexual violence. These crimes include the exploitation of a person who is unable to express his/her will. Penalties for sexual coercion and sexual violence range from one year in prison to 15 years in aggravated cases" (Pg 28). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 12, provided the older partner is 18 or younger. Persons older than 18 who engage in sexual relations with a minor between the ages of 12 and 14 may be punished by one to five years’ imprisonment. By law statutory...more
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

The law prohibits rape, although it does not specifically prohibit spousal rape. Rape is punishable by imprisonment with hard labor, but the law does not specify a minimum sentence. The government did not enforce the law effectively" (Pg 17).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women and provides penalties of between five and 10 years’ imprisonment for convicted rapists. Police and courts, however, rarely investigated or prosecuted rape cases, especially since victims often did not report them. The law does not address spousal rape" (Pg 26).
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape is illegal, although the government did not always enforce the law effectively. The law permits authorities to prosecute spousal rape, and prosecutions occurred. The law specifies penalties for conviction of rape or forcible sexual assault ranging from four years’ imprisonment to the death penalty as well as fines" (page 28).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is life imprisonment; however, rape was a widespread problem. The maximum penalty for attempted rape is seven years’ imprisonment without an option of a fine" (p. 12).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape and conviction provides for a penalty of five to 20 years’ imprisonment, depending on the severity of the case" (p. 28). "The law provides for three to 15 years’ imprisonment for conviction of sexual intercourse with a minor" (p. 30).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"By law, sexual intercourse with a girl younger than 14 years constitutes rape and is punishable by imprisonment for a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 30 years and a minimum of 12 strokes of the cane" (p. 16).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law stipulates maximum imprisonment of 30 years and caning with a minimum of 12 strokes for rape. In July Chapter 22 of the Penal Code Order was amended to increase the minimum sentence for rape from eight years to 10-20 years" (p. 14).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a crime punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 years to life. The legal system allows village chiefs to negotiate the payment of compensation in lieu of trials for rapists" (p. 17). "The maximum penalty for violators is 25 years’ imprisonment or, if the victim is under age 12, life imprisonment" (p. 20).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape of a minor is 10 to 30 years’ imprisonment" (p. 36).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, including spousal rape, with penalties of up to 30 years’ imprisonment" (p. 34).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison if convicted" (p. 18).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and physical abuse, including domestic violence. The penalty for rape, including spousal rape, is imprisonment for up to 15 years" (p. 9).
July 9, 2019, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. The government did not enforce the law effectively" (page 22). "The criminal code defines 'sexual intercourse with a helpless person' as a crime separate from rape. Under the law taking advantage of persons with disabilities when the person is 'incapable of resistance' has a shorter minimum prison sentence than rape of a person not defined as 'helpless'" (page 26).