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Latest items for LRW-LAW-4

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“A handful of places have recently repealed these laws [that allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims], including Tunisia, Morocco and, just last week, Jordan” (p 1, 2)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).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"From Lebanon where a rapist can escape punishment if he marries his victim to India where rape within marriage is legal, bad laws are underpinning a global 'epidemic of sexual violence', legal experts said on Monday" (para 1). "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: Jordan
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Kirkland said Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq were discussing revising laws allowing rapists to escape justice" (para 18).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"El Salvador lawmakers on Thursday unanimously voted to abolish a controversial, 23-year-old law that allowed men to marry underage girls they had impregnated, a practice that critics charged protected sexual assailants from criminal prosecution" (para 1).
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Bahrain’s Parliament voted last year to repeal a similar law (in which rapists can go free if they marry the victim). But the executive branch balked, saying the marriage loophole should be revoked only in rape cases involving multiple perpetrators" (p 9)
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, still has a marry-your-rapist loophole, according to an 82-country survey by Equality Now, a women’s rights group" (p 8)
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In 2014, Morocco repealed a provision that allowed convicted rapists to evade punishment by marrying their victims" (p 3)
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The laws were built around patriarchal attitudes that link a family’s honor directly to a woman’s chastity; the marriage option is aimed at shielding the victim’s family from ‘the scandal,’ as one victim’s brother put it in an interview" (p 2)
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“The penal code also allows rapists to escape prosecution if they marry their victims, leading to horrifying cases of abuse, particularly in conservative country areas where families pressure girls to marry their attackers to avoid the social opprobrium and reduced marriage prospects for those known to no longer be virgins” (para 20).
July 26, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In November 2016, the Turkish government had tabled a bill which proposed that men previously convicted of child abuse could be exonerated if they married the girl...After a public outcry from the AKP’s own women organization, President Erdoğan intervened and stopped the bill" (para 5).
July 5, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Egypt repealed Article 291 in 1999, while Morocco repealed Article 475 in 2014, two years after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist" (para 6). Article 291 in Egypt and Article 475 in Morocco were laws that allowed rapists to avoid punishment if they agreed to marry their victims (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The Lebanese parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee agreed Dec. 7 to abolish Article 522 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid prosecution if they marry their victims. The committee is currently discussing a draft law that will be presented later on to parliament, and it is considering amending articles 503-522 about misdemeanors and honor violations, by adding penalties and forcing stricter punishments" (para 1). "'Article 522 is from the French mandate,' Soulayma Mardam-Bey, the communications officer for ABAAD, told Al-Monitor. 'It provides that in the event of a regular marriage between the perpetrator of a rape and his victim, all proceedings against him shall be suspended and, if ...more
July 5, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In March 2012, Amina Filali, a 16-year-old Moroccan girl, committed suicide after she was forced to marry her rapist. According to reports, she had been attacked while walking down the street in her hometown of Larache. When her father reported the rape, the prosecutor suggested that Filali and her rapist get married, in accordance with a law that allows an alleged rapist to avoid jail time by marrying his victim. The penal code, known as Article 475, was instituted as a means of protecting a rape victim’s honor, according to women’s right activists. In conservative parts of Morocco...Two years later, following public outcry over Filali’s death, the Moroccan parliament abolished ...more
July 5, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"courts can let rapists walk free if they marry their victims. Alia Awada of gender-equality campaigners ABAAD wants Lebanon to abolish the law, saying that, far from protecting a survivor’s honor, it treats them like a criminal" (p 1)
June 12, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Under the Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017, parents or guardians can get a court order to allow children to be married if it is in their 'best interests.' There is no minimum age for when these special considerations can apply, nor any definition of what 'best interests' could mean, but human rights groups are concerned the law could lead to rape victims or impregnated minors being married to their abusers" (para 3-4).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"By law in order to avoid a 25-year prison sentence a convicted rapist has the option to marry the victim--provided her family consents--regardless of the wishes of the victim" (24).
March 20, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

The Gambian Penal Code does not exempt a rapist from charges if he marries the victim (HRS-CODER COMMENT).
March 20, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

The 2009 Criminal Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea does exempt a rapist from charges if he marries the victim (HRS-CODER COMMENT).
March 20, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“Palestinian Penal Code No. 16 of 1961: Article 308. Halting prosecution and Resumption of the right to prosecute. (1) Legal proceedings shall be stopped against the perpetrator of one of the crimes included in this chapter [including rape, kidnapping and statutory rape] if a valid marriage is contracted between the offender and his victim. If a sentence has been passed in the case, the sentence against the convicted person shall be suspended. (2) If the marriage ends in the woman being divorced for no legitimate reason, the Public Prosecutor shall re-assume the right to prosecute the case and to execute the sentence within three years after the time the crime ...more
March 20, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“It was also worth noting that I found many Latin American countries that have rape marriage laws including: Nicaragua’s Article 196” (para 7).
March 20, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"As in this case, judges can allow marriage of minors under Moroccan law, and completely disregard the rights of the child and her vulnerability to abuse. Requiring a woman or girl to marry her rapist means that his violence is exonerated and her abuse continues… Morocco ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1993. Article 16(b) of CEDAW calls on States parties to take all appropriate measures to ensure, between men and women, '[t]he same right freely to choose a spouse and to enter into marriage only with their free and full consent.' In addition, Article 16(2) states, '[t]he betrothal and the ...more
March 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“The provision in rape law which ends criminal prosecution in the event of marriage between the offender and the victim was abolished in Mexico in 1991, Colombia in 1997, Peru in 1999, and Ethiopia in 2005.”
March 20, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“The Maltese Constitution declares that ‘the State shall promote the equal right of men and women’ and ‘eliminate all forms of discrimination between the sexes.’ However, Maltese law reduces the penalties for abduction if the kidnapper states he will marry his victim. If he then marries his victim, he is exempt from punishment.”