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Israel: Additional Restriction on Sex Offenders

(May 16, 2017) On March 22, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Restrictions on the Return of a Sex Offender to the Crime Victim’s Locality (Amendment No. 6) Law, 5777-2017 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2627 p. 593, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew)).  The […]

Japan: Sex Crime Law to Be Amended

(Mar. 16, 2017) The Cabinet submitted a bill to the Diet, Japan’s parliament, on March 7, 2017, on amending a part of the Penal Code. (Bill Status Information, Cabinet Bill 47 of 193rd Diet Session, House of Representatives, Japan, website (in Japanese).) Former Minister of Justice Midori Matsushima had initiated the discussion of the amendment in […]

England and Wales: Thousands Receive Posthumous Pardon for Homosexuality Convictions

(Feb. 23, 2017) Section 166 of the recently enacted Policing and Crime Act of England and Wales granted approximately 49,000 deceased gay and bisexual men a posthumous pardon for offenses they were convicted of under the old sexual offenses laws that had provided that homosexuality was a crime.  The Act also states that any living person who […]

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 […]

Mexico/United States: Binational Law Enforcement Operation Against International Human Trafficking Organization

(Nov. 23, 2016) In November 2016, law enforcement authorities from the United States and Mexico announced a bilateral operation that led to the arrest of a group of individuals who allegedly are part of an international criminal organization accused of smuggling women from Mexico into the United States for sex trafficking purposes. (Press Release, ICE […]

Ireland: Judgment Clarifies Definition of Consent in Rape Cases

(Nov. 21, 2016) As a result of a recent judgment from the Irish Supreme Court, the Irish government will introduce legislation to establish a definition of consent for rape. In the case decided November 11, 2016, the Court held that a woman has a constitutional right to the integrity of her body and that the […]

Indonesia: Child Protection Law Revised

(Oct. 25, 2016) On October 12, 2016, Indonesia’s parliament enacted a regulation to revise the 2002 Law on Child Protection. (Chandni Vatvani, Indonesia Passes Law Approving Harsher Punishments for Child Rapists, CHANNEL NEWS ASIA (Oct. 13, 2016).) Under strengthened provisions on child sexual offenses, defendants accused of sexual attacks on children could face the death […]

Germany: Heavier Sanctions Against Sexual Offenders Adopted

(Oct. 3, 2016) On September 23, 2016, the German Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislative process, passed an amendment to the German Criminal Code that expands criminal liability relating to sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment in order to close the existing liability gaps. (Gesetz zur Änderung des […]

Cote d’Ivoire: UN Report Criticizes Handling of Rape Cases

(July 15, 2016) The United Nations Operation in the Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), together with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), issued a report on July 11, 2016, urging the Cote d’Ivoire to do more to prevent rape and punish perpetrators. (Jaclyn Belczyk, UN Report: Ivory Coast Should Do More to Prevent and Punish Rape, PAPER […]

Malaysia: Proposal to Reform Laws on Sexual Offenses

(June 16, 2016) Malaysia’s Home Ministry is contemplating revising the country’s laws applicable to sex offenders. Both reform of existing legislation and the adoption of a new statute are being considered. While under current law survivors of sexual attacks must be present in court to face the accused perpetrators, the Deputy Home Minister, Nur Jazlan […]