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Latest items for LRW-LAW-4

Aug. 15, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, LRW-LAW-4, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Extramarital community with a minor: Article 216: 1) An adult person who lives in an extramarital community with a minor, shall be punished by an imprisonment sentence of three months to three years. 2) A parent, adoptive parent or a guardian who enables a minor to live in an extramarital community with another person or incites him/her into it shall be punished by a penalty referred to in Paragraph 1 of this Article. 3) If an act as of Paragraph 2 of this Article is done by force, threat, or for gain, the perpetrator shall be punished by an imprisonment sentence of six months to five years. 4) If a...more
Aug. 3, 2018, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"A man may avoid punishment by marrying (before he is sentenced) the person he raped" (30).
July 17, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The July 2014 penal code no longer allows charges for rape to be dropped when the perpetrator marries the victim" (14).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"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: ...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). "However, it remains concerned that, under section 277 (5) of the Criminal Code, the court may use its discretion to reduce the sentence of the offender and that girls as young as 13 years of age who are sexually abused can still be legally married to the perpetrator" (14).
May 1, 2018, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Syria
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Many women reject the law [absolving rapists of punishment if they agree to marry their victim], which also exists in Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya and Syria" (para 11).
May 1, 2018, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Morocco overhauled its law [absolving rapists of punishment if they agree to marry their victim] in 2014 following the suicide of a 16-year-old girl and the attempted suicide of a 15-year-old, both of whom were forced to marry their rapists" (para 5).
May 1, 2018, 2:09 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Egypt repealed its law [absolving rapists of punishment if they agreed to marry their victims] in 1999" (para 5).
May 1, 2018, 2:08 p.m.
Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims, after Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon scrapped similar articles last year" (para 1).
May 1, 2018, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims" (para 1).
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-4

"The Committee notes with appreciation the adoption in 2015 of the revised Criminal Code, which criminalizes domestic violence and other forms of violence, such as stalking, threats and sexual exploitation, against women and girls, including those belonging to sexual minorities, and appreciates that perpetrators can no longer avoid penalties by reconciling with victims. It also notes that the revised bill on combating domestic violence contains an expanded definition of domestic violence. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the delay in the adoption of the bill" (Pg 5).
April 4, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Bahrain and several other countries in the region are in the process of revoking such articles [allowing rapists to evade punishment if they marry their victims]" (para 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:22 a.m.
Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon repealed similar 'marry your rapist' provisions in 2017" (para 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Through Article 398 of Iraq’s Penal Code No. 111 of 1969, which effectively encourages this practice, Sabiha, a once energetic and highly motivated woman, was re-victimized while her rapist escaped all punishment by marrying her" (para 2). "Last year, Parliamentarian Intisar Aljubory submitted a proposal to repeal Article 398 supported by 66 of her fellow MPs. Moreover, in October 2017, the coalition sent a letter to the Iraqi Speaker of the House demanding repeal of Article 398. However, it is still pending" (para 4).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In the event that a valid marriage is contracted between the rapist and the victim, the prosecution or the sentence, as the case may be, is suspended...The Public Prosecutor has the right to resume prosecution or reimpose the sentence if the marriage ends in the victim being divorced for no legitimate reason within three years of a misdemeanour assault or five years of a felony assault" (11). "The draft code also does not exempt a perpetrator from prosecution if he marries the victim" (11).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The Committee notes the information concerning the legal reform being carried out in the State party. Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the continued existence of articles 97 to 99, 308 and 340 of the Criminal Code, which exempt rapists from criminal liability if they marry the victim for at least five years, and provide for reduced sentences in certain circumstances for perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 9).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Academics and women’s rights activists maintained that the measure within the law that allows for offenders younger than 18 years to avoid prosecution by choosing to marry their victim constituted a violation of women’s rights" (35).
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“Following the Lower House of Parliament's historic 1 August vote for the full repeal of Article 308 from Jordan's Penal Code, today the Senate approved as well! Once the King signs, rapists and other sexual abusers who marry their victims will no longer escape punishment for their crimes -- with no exceptions for age” (p 1)
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, LRCM-LAW-2, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the existence of a bill to combat domestic violence (on which drafting began in 2007) and the assurances given by the State party’s delegation that it is currently under consideration by the chambers of the parliament. Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the slow process of adopting specific legislation that would eliminate violence against women in all settings and include a definition of violence and provisions on remedies and sanctions. The Committee reiterates its concern that several provisions of the Penal Code condone acts of violence against women by exempting perpetrators from punishment. In particular, it regrets that the Penal Code excludes marital rape, that article...more
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, was also the first to repeal the 'marry the rapist' laws" (para 2).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The law criminalizes marital rape, ends impunity for rapists who marry their victims" (para 4).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"This issue, Kesir claimed, was brought to their attention by a mother of two who ran off with a man when she was 14. She had two children, and their father is in jail for 8 years. Kesir referred to the couple as man and wife, which makes one wonder when they legally got married and when these children were born. Why was this illegal situation not caught when the first baby was born? Kesir claimed that his main concern was to help the father, who was not referred to as a pedophile. She did not explain how a law can be suggested exclusively for an existing case and not...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"This is the most mind-boggling section of the report. It establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors. So if these minors are engaged in sex with adults and if they decide to get married then there will be no charge of pedophilia. Rather, the marriage will be observed for five years and if there is no physical violence then there will be no punishment. This has been named in Turkish social media as 'marrying your rapist' law. Facing mounting criticism, Ayse Kesir, AKP parliamentarian and chairwoman of the commission, appeared on CNN Turk and claimed this suggestion would...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, MARR-LAW-1

"Under sustained pressure from Arab women’s groups, Lebanon has followed in the footsteps of Jordan and other Arab countries in repealing a law that gives rapists amnesty from prosecution if they marry their victims" (p 1)
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Sometimes women take their own lives rather than submit to this kind of a relationship [in which they have to marry their rapist]. The suicide of a 16-year-old girl in Morocco prompted that country to rescind its law in 2014” (p 12)
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon, Philippines, Tajikistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“But these laws [which allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims] are still on the books in countries as far apart as the Philippines, Lebanon and Tajikistan” (p 3)
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Countries: Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“A handful of places have recently repealed these laws [that allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims], including Tunisia, Morocco and, just last week, Jordan” (p 1, 2)
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In a recent case in Somalia that made international headlines, a group of teenage boys who posted a video online of themselves raping two girls tried to avoid jail by paying for their crime in camels" (para 11).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Morocco overhauled a similar law [allowing rapists to marry their victims] in 2014 following the suicide of a 16-year-old girl and the attempted suicide of a 15-year-old who were forced to marry their rapists" (para 21).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain, Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"A survey of laws in 73 countries found rapists could avoid punishment if they married their victim in at least nine jurisdictions, including Bahrain, Iraq, Philippines, Tajikistan and Tunisia" (para 2). "Kirkland said Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq were discussing revising laws allowing rapists to escape justice" (para 18).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Philippines, Tajikistan, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"A survey of laws in 73 countries found rapists could avoid punishment if they married their victim in at least nine jurisdictions, including Bahrain, Iraq, Philippines, Tajikistan and Tunisia" (para 2).