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Mexico: Senate Committees Approve Draft Legislation to Protect Children

(Oct. 6, 2014) Draft legislation to enhance legal protections of children by amending the General Law of the Rights of Children and Adolescents was approved unanimously on September 25, 2014, by six committees of the Federal Senate. The legislation was drafted by the Mexican Executive Branch under President Enrique Peña Nieto, but it was significantly […]

Japan: Possession of Child Pornography Finally Punishable

(Aug. 4, 2014) Since 2008, the Japanese government has pushed for an amendment of the law to make the possession of child pornography illegal. (Sayuri Umeda, Japan: Child Pornography Law Amendment Discussed, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Jan. 29, 2010).) It has finally succeeded, with the promulgation on July 25, 2014, of the Act to Amend the […]

Egypt: Rape and Sexual Assault Suspects Referred to Criminal Court

(June 19, 2014) On June 12, 2014, Egypt’s General Prosecutor ordered the referral of seven individual suspects for trial before the Criminal Court of Cairo, on charges of rape and sexual assault. The authorities had arrested those individuals after they obtained a video showing a mass sexual assault on women that took place during the […]

International Criminal Court: Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crime

(June 13, 2014) On June 6, 2014, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), issued a Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. According to an ICC press release, the new document “will guide the Office of the Prosecutor … in fighting against impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes, and promote […]

Brazil: No Pedophiles Allowed in Brazil

(May 30, 2014) On May 22, 2014, the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Eduardo Cardozo, and the Minister of the Human Rights Secretariat, Ideli Salvatti, signed an Inter-Ministerial Act prohibiting aliens who have been convicted of or who are or have been involved with pornography or sexual exploitation of children and adolescents from entering Brazil. (Portaria […]

Brazil: Sexual Exploitation of Children Now a Heinous Crime

(May 21, 2014) Legislation approved by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on May 14, 2014, makes sexual exploitation of children and adolescents a heinous crime. The legislation will be sent to President Dilma Roussef for her signature. (Press Release, Câmara dos Deputados, Câmara Aprova Projeto que Torna Crime Hediondo a Exploração Sexual de Crianças (May […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Rape Convictions of Only Two of 39 Accused Controversial

(May 13, 2014) On May 5, 2014, a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found two soldiers guilty of rape and 24 others guilty of looting and other crimes. The two were among 39 soldiers accused of assaulting more than 130 women in South Kivu province in 2012; it was the […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Increased Punishment for Involvement in Prostitution Proposed

(Apr. 15, 2014) On March 27, 2014, the legislature of Kyrgyzstan initiated amendments to the country’s Criminal Code that provide for increased punishments for crimes associated with involving other persons in prostitution. (Punishment for Involvement in Prostitution Will Be Increased in Kyrgyzstan [in Russian], LENTA.RU (Mar. 27, 2014).) If the amendments are passed, the crime […]

Morocco: Rape Law Amendment Considered

(Jan. 15, 2014) On January 9, 2014, Morocco’s parliamentary Justice and Human Rights Commission proposed amending the country’s law on abduction and rape. (Addison Morris, Morocco Considers Amending Rape Law, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Jan. 10, 2014).) The revision would affect article 475 of the Penal Code; that article currently makes it possible for people to […]

Israel: Prohibition of Online Distribution of Sexual Images Without Consent

(Jan. 10, 2014) On January 6, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) approved an amendment to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law, 5758-1998 (hereinafter the PSH Law). (PSH Law 5758-1998, SEFER HAHUKIM [Official Gazette], No. 1661 at 166, as amended; PSH Law (Amendment No. 10), 5774-2014, the Knesset website, [scroll down to appropriate link; hereinafter the […]