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South Korea: Efforts to Eradicate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Government Agencies

(May 3, 2018) On March 30, 2018, the South Korean Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yon, issued the Rules for Establishment and Operation of the Comprehensive Government Inspection Team for Promoting Eradication of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. (Prime Minister Ordinance No. 713, Mar. 30, 2018, Ministry of the Interior and Safety website (in Korean).) The Prime […]

Israel: New Law Authorizes Blocking Telephone Numbers to Prevent Offenses

(Apr. 26, 2018) On March 12, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed legislation authorizing cellular phone providers to block telephone numbers that are “publicly advertised for the purpose of committing an offense.” (Blocking a Telephone Number for Prevention of Committing Offenses Law, 5778-2018, § 2(a), SEFER HAHUKIM (BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette) 5778 No. 2711 […]

Israel: Supreme Court Orders Sex-Offense Suspect Arrested Pending Decision on Extradition to Australia

(Mar. 27, 2018) On March 18, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Malka Leifer (the respondent), a former principal of a Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne, Australia, until a decision is made in her case regarding an extradition request by Australia. (Request 2003/18 Attorney General v. Malka Leifer, STATE OF ISRAEL: THE JUDICIAL […]

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 […]

Egypt: Three New Amendments to the Penal Code Approved

(Feb. 5, 2018) On January 8, 2018, the Egyptian Parliament, under the chairmanship of the Parliament’s speaker, Dr. Ali Abd al-Aal, approved three new amendments to the Egyptian Penal Code. The first was a draft law aimed at enhancing the protection of children from sexual abuse. The draft law was submitted by the government and […]

Indonesia: Province Drafts Regulation Banning Provocative Clothing

(Dec. 28, 2017) Bengkulu Province, located on the southwestern coast of the large Indonesian island of Sumatra, is considering adopting regional legislation on the protection of women and children that includes rules on proper dress. As now being drafted by the Provincial Legislative Council, the regulation would ban the wearing of “sexy clothing” in public. […]

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 […]

Mexico: Lawmaker Proposes Criminalizing Sexual Harassment at Federal Level

(Aug. 28, 2017) In order to criminalize sexual harassment at the federal level as a form of violence suffered by women and girls, the President of the Gender Equality Commission of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, Laura Nereida Plascencia Pacheco (a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI) is promoting the reform of articles 259 bis […]

Brazil: State Law Creates Register of Pedophile Offenders

(Aug. 9, 2017) On July 31, 2017, the Governor of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, in western Brazil, approved Law No. 5,038 on creating a State Register of Pedophiles within his state. (Cadastro Estadual de Pedófilos no âmbito do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul). (Lei Estadual No. 5.038, de 31 de Julho […]

Jordan: Repeal of Controversial Article in Penal Code

(Aug. 8, 2017) On August 1, 2017, the majority of members of the lower house (House of Representatives) of the Jordanian parliament voted to repeal article 308 of the Penal Code, which had allowed rapists to avoid a jail term if they married the victim. (Zena Tahhan, ‘Historic Day’ as Jordanian Parliament Repeals Rape Law, […]