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Latest items for IIP-LAW-2

June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The Government has taken initiatives to prevent sexual harassment in the digital realm, including with a package of initiatives against digital sexual abuse launched in 2017. For example, the maximum penalty for sharing intimate photographs or videos of others without consent has been increased from six months to a term not exceeding three years under aggravating circumstances. The maximum fine for indecent exposure such as unsolicited sharing of intimate photos of oneself has been doubled. Also, the Government has taken action to educate police personnel to better handle reports of digital sexual violations, and the police has recently launched a digital platform to make it easier to report digital sexual...more
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment of men and women is a crime punishable by imprisonment for up to six months in cases that do not involve domestic abuse or a power relationship" (26).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Adoption of the law on stalking (2012). According to this law preventive measures can be taken by the public prosecutor to protect a potential victim. Information about this law has been provided through the domestic violence networks that are installed by the foundation Stop Violence against Women in 5 districts. Furthermore, the text of this law has been disseminated to visitors of an information fair in the District of Commewijne. Apart from this specific legislation, the penal code has been simultaneously amended. A new provision regarding stalking has been added, which punishes the stalker with a maximum of 4 years of prison and a fine of maximum SRD 50.000" (8)....more
March 28, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law, as amended during the year, allows police to investigate domestic violence without a victim’s prior approval and criminalizes stalking" (12).
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"While the criminal code includes the offense of sexual harassment, it does not contain a specific standard or definition" (24).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"[T]he law addresses lewd acts and indecent behavior, it does not specifically prohibit sexual harassment" (30).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The government prosecutes harassment via the penal code. Conviction of 'disgracing or dishonoring' a person in public is punishable by a minimum of one year and up to 15 years in prison if the victim is younger than age 14. Conviction for 'infamous' acts against the rules of decency is punishable by a penalty of six months in prison, and 'dishonoring a woman by word or deed on a public roadway' is also a punishable offense. The government generally enforced this law" (28).
March 15, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment. On February 18, the media reported that several female cyclists had endured years of sexual harassment by Antanas Jakimavicius, the coach of the national cycling team. In response, Minister of Education, Science, and Sport Algirdas Monkevicius, president of the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee Daina Gudzineviciute, and the heads of the Lithuanian Cycling Federation organized a discussion on how to prevent sexual harassment in sports" (12).
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, but authorities did not enforce the law effectively, and it remained a widespread problem" (32).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment remained a serious problem. Sexual harassment is defined as comments, touching, or actions of a sexual nature that are unsolicited and unwanted by victim. It is a crime with a penalty of up to eight years in prison. Sexual harassment is also a labor rights violation subject to administrative penalties. Government enforcement of laws against sexual harassment remained minimal, although awareness was growing" (14).
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and the government used criminal law against 'indecent assaults on females,' which prohibits offending the modesty of women, to prosecute sexual harassment cases. Sexual harassment was a significant problem" (16).
March 3, 2022, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Still, some women remain optimistic about the possible power of the proposed changes" (Para. 25). "A woman in southern Guangdong Province who asked to use only her last name, Han, out of fears for her safety, said that she had endured years of physical and emotional abuse by her ex-husband. Even though she managed to secure a divorce last year, he continues to stalk and threaten her, she said. She obtained a restraining order, viewed by The New York Times, that cited chat logs and recordings. Yet even with the restraining order, when Ms. Han called the police, they often told her that threats alone were not enough for them...more
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and establishes sentences of five to eight years’ imprisonment. Courts may impose fines in addition in cases in which the perpetrator held a position of trust or authority over the victim"(19).
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law mandates prison terms of five months to three years and fines of 50,000 to 500,000 CFA francs ($85 to $850) for sexual harassment, but the problem was widespread. The government did not effectively enforce the law" (15).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and stipulates a penalty of two years in prison or a fine, although sexual harassment remained a widespread problem for many women, especially in workplace environments…" (14).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is illegal in both the public and private sectors. The law specifies maximum fines of THB 20,000 ($666) for those convicted of sexual harassment, while abuse categorized as an indecent act may result in a maximum 15 years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of THB 30,000 ($1,000)... NGOs claimed the legal definition of harassment was vague and prosecution of harassment claims difficult, leading to ineffective enforcement of the law" (32).
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment remained pervasive in business, government, schools, and broadly in society. There is no legislation on sexual harassment in public places outside of schools. By law a teacher who abuses or sexually harasses a student through orders, threats, or coercion may be fined up to 20 times the teacher’s monthly salary" (15-16).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is against the law, and penalties range from one to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of one to four million ariary ($270 to $1,100). The penalty increases to two to five years’ imprisonment plus a fine of two to 10 million ariary ($540 to $2,700) if criminals forced or pressured the victim into sexual acts or punished the victim for refusing such advances. Authorities enforced the law, but sexual harassment was widespread" (20).
Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law does not prohibit sexual harassment, and anecdotal information suggested such harassment was widespread" (18).
Jan. 21, 2022, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"There are no laws against sexual harassment" (16).
Jan. 15, 2022, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes and provides for a maximum prison sentence of one year for sexual harassment of men and women; the law was generally enforced, although NGOs reported a lack of significant sanctions for perpetrators" (14).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"...The Women’s Department recognizes sexual harassment as a subset of sexual violence, but no cases have ever been brought under the sexual harassment provisions" (12).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and violations are punishable by imprisonment from one to six months, a fine of from 10,000 to 20,000 pesos ($187-$374), or both. Sexual harassment remained widespread and underreported, including in the workplace due to victims’ fear of losing their jobs. A 2016 Social Weather Stations study showed that 60 percent of women in Metro Manila were harassed at least once in their lifetime. In July, President Duterte signed the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act to prevent and punish acts of sexual harassment in public places, online workplaces, and educational institutions..." (27).
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"For insults and defamation based on gender, an individual may be fined up to 60,000 dirhams for insults and up to 120,000 dirhams for defamation ($6,300 to $12,600)" (29). "Before the law on violence against women was passed in 2018, sexual harassment was only a crime if it was committed by a supervisor in the workplace. Under the 2018 law, sexual harassment is a crime punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine up to 10,000 dirhams ($1,000) if the offense takes place in a public space or by insinuations through texts, audio recording, or pictures... civil society leaders stat[ed] they did not observe efforts by the...more
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"There are no laws against stalking or harrassment of women in cyberspace in Somalia" (1).
Jan. 4, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment. Complaints of sexual harassment can lead to criminal proceedings or disciplinary action against the defendant and compensation claims by the plaintiff... The penalties vary across states and territories" (12).
Dec. 27, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment" (12).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Holocaust denial, defamation, sexist remarks and attitudes that target a specific individual, and incitement to hatred are criminal offenses punishable by a minimum of eight days (for Holocaust denial) or one month (incitement to hatred and sexist remarks or attitudes) and up to one year in prison and fines, plus a possible revocation of the right to vote or run for public office" (5).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and prescribes penalties of between one and three years’ imprisonment and fines of 360,000 to one million CFA francs ($610 to $1,700). Nevertheless, the government rarely, if ever, enforced the law, and harassment was widespread and routinely tolerated" (19).
Dec. 16, 2021, 11:23 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"By law harassment of a sexual nature constitutes a violation of the equal treatment principle but is not a crime" (26).