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Saudi Arabia: Shura Council Approves Anti-harassment Bill

(June 14, 2018) The 150-member Saudi Parliament in its 40th ordinary session of May 28, 2018, approved a new anti-harassment law by an 84-vote majority. (Royal Decree No. 96/M of May 31, 2018, government weekly newspaper Umm al-Qura website (in Arabic); Shura Holds Its 40th Ordinary Session, SAUDI PRESS AGENCY (May 28, 2018); Habib Toumi, Saudi […]

Germany: Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women Enters into Force

(Feb. 28, 2018) On February 1, 2018, the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) entered into force in Germany. (Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), May 11, 2011, C.E.T.S. No. 210, Council of Europe website; Gesetz zu dem Übereinkommen […]

Liberia: Temporary Ban on Domestic Violence, Including Female Genital Mutilation

(Jan. 31, 2018) On January 19, 2018, as one of her last acts in office before handing power to current President George Weah, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued an executive order on domestic violence.  (Press Release, Liberia Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf Signs Executive Order on Domestic Violence (Jan. 20, 2018).) Sirleaf issued the Order after […]

Japan: Supreme Court Reverses View on Whether Obscene Intent Necessary for Crime of Forcible Indecency

(Dec. 5, 2017) On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court of Japan reversed a nearly five-decade-old precedent, stating that no obscene intent is necessary for the crime of forcible indecency.  (Saiko Saibansho [Sup. Ct.] Nov. 29, 2017, Case No. 2016 (a) 1731, Courts in Japan website (in Japanese) (click on the two characters beside PDF […]

Australia: Bail Presumption Reversed for Domestic Violence Cases in Queensland

(Apr. 14, 2017) On March 30, 2017, the Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) received assent, following its passage by the Queensland Parliament on March 22. (Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Act 2017 (Qld), Queensland Legislation website; Gail Burke, Domestic Violence Laws: Alleged Offenders Have to Prove Why They Should Get […]

India: Decision Not to Sign Hague Treaty on Child Abduction

(Jan. 23, 2017) In a decision made by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister, Maneka Gandhi, and agreed to by the Ministry of External Affairs, the government of India has decided not to ratify the Hague Convention on Child Abduction. (Shalini Nair, India Will Not Ink Hague Treaty on Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, […]

Lebanon: First Step to Repeal Provision Favorable to Rapists and Perpetrators of Lewd Acts

(Dec. 21, 2016) A person who commits certain crimes defined by law, rape; lewd acts by threat, violence, or against minors; and other similar crimes may avoid punishment under a controversial provision of the Penal Code of Lebanon. (Lebanese Penal Code, Legislative Decree No. 340 of 1943, arts. 503-510, 514-521, & 522, United Nations Office […]

Egypt: New Law Enhancing the Penalties for FGM Approved by Parliament

(Sept. 14, 2016) On August 31, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly approved the amendment of article 242 (bis) of the Penal Code. Article 242 (bis) criminalizes the act of female genital mutilation (FGM). (People’s Assembly Strengthens the Penalty Against Female Genital Mutilation, AL YOUM7 (Aug. 31, 2016) (in Arabic); Law No. 58 of 1937 Promulgating […]

Peru: National Plan on Gender-Based Violence 2016-2021 Approved

(Sept. 1, 2016) Peru’s Ministry of the Woman and Vulnerable Populations (known by the initials MMPV) approved a national plan on gender-based violence that will apply to all levels of government and all entities involved in the prevention, punishment, and eradication of such violence. (Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables, Decreto Supremo Nº 008-2016-MIMP que […]

Cambodia: Judicial System Criticized for Treatment of Rape Victims

(Dec. 2, 2015) On November 29, 2015, the Cambodian human rights nongovernmental organization Licadho released a report entitled Getting Away with It: The Treatment of Rape in Cambodia’s Justice System, as part of its 16-day initiative focused on gender-based violence.   (Latest Human Rights News, Licadho website (last visited Nov. 29, 2015).)  Licadho, which was founded […]