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France: New Law to Punish Prostitution Clients

(Apr. 28, 2016) On April 13, 2016, the French government promulgated a law that aims to end prostitution and fight human trafficking that is related to prostitution. (Loi n° 2016-444 du 13 avril 2016 visant à renforcer la lutte contre le système prostitutionnel et à accompagner les personnes prostituées (1) [Law No. 2016-444 of April […]

Germany: Overhaul of Criminal Law Relating to Sexual Offenses

(Apr. 11, 2016) On March 16, 2016, the German government agreed on a draft act to close gaps in the current criminal law relating to sexual offenses. (Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung, Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Änderung des Strafgesetzbuches – Verbesserung des Schutzes der sexuellen Selbstbestimmung [Draft Act of the Federal Government, Draft Act to Amend the Criminal […]

Israel: Priest Accused of Sexual Offenses Involving Minors to Be Extradited to Russia

(Feb. 19, 2016) On February 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal against the extradition of a Russian priest accused of committing sexual offenses in Russia. The decision was rendered by Justice Uri Shoham, with Justices Neal Hendel and Salim Joubran concurring.  (Crim.A 1210/15 Gleb Grozovsky v. the Attorney General (Feb. 16, […]

Jamaica: Challenge to Law on Homosexuality

(Dec. 14, 2015) On December 10, 2015, Jamaican human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson filed a complaint with the country’s Supreme Court of Judicature against some provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act that outlaw sexual conduct between two consenting men.  (Ashley Hogan, Jamaica Rights Activist Challenges Homosexuality Ban, PAPER CHASE (Dec. 10, 2015); The […]

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 […]

Netherlands: Tougher Penalties for Acts Involving Human Smuggling Proposed

(Nov. 7, 2015) The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has introduced legislation to tighten penalties against human smugglers. According to the Ministry, the aim of the measures, which would lengthen the applicable prison terms, “is to combat the degrading activities of these offenders more effectively” and “to do greater justice to the gravity of […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Upholds Criminalization of Lewd Acts by Military

(Nov. 3, 2015) In a decision issued on October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) upheld, but struck down portions of, article 235 of the Military Penal Code, which criminalizes the practice of lewd acts by members of the Armed Forces while carrying out their military activities and imposes a […]

United Nations: Security Council Condemns Use of Sexual Violence as Weapon of War

(Sept. 10, 2015) In a statement issued on August 28, 2015, the United Nations Security Council condemned the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in the Middle East. The statement referred specifically to sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage” as a war tactic in Iraq and […]

Denmark: Higher Penalties for Rape and Other Violent Crimes Contemplated

(Aug. 19, 2015) The new Danish Minister of Justice, Søren Pind, supports increasing the penalties for rape and other violent crimes in Denmark, it was reported on August 13, 2015. The Ministry is preparing a report on the issue that is expected to be completed in six months. (Lucie Rychla, Justice Minister Wants Higher Penalties […]

Netherlands: Coordination of European Campaign Against Child Sex Tourism

(July 2, 2015) The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands reported on June 24, 2015, that it will take the lead, with the Dutch member of the anti-child exploitation organization ECPAT International, in coordinating a new European campaign against child sex tourism. (The Netherlands Coordinates the European Campaign Against Child Sex Tourism, Dutch […]