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Malaysia women frustrated drug penalties harsher than sexual violence (Malaysia)

August 2, 2012

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Source: Bikyamasr Malaysia’s women demand stiffer penalties, jail me for crimes of sexual violence. KUALA LUMPUR: Over the past week, the plight of an Australian woman charged with drug trafficking in the country has stolen headlines in Malaysia. She is facing the death penalty if convicted along with her alleged Nigerian accomplice. Women in Malaysia, […]

After catcalls and hoots for a woman in parliament, French sexual harassment law nears passage (France)

July 24, 2012

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Source: Newser The hooting and catcalls began as soon as the Cabinet minister stood, wearing a blue and white flowered dress. It did not cease for the entire time she spoke before France’s National Assembly. And the heckling came not from an unruly crowd, but from male legislators who later said they were merely showing […]

Sexual assault likely to attract life imprisonment (india)

July 19, 2012

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The UPA government is finally ready with the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 to slap life imprisonment for sexual assault and acid attacks – seven years after it initiated a review of criminal laws. The proposal that the cabinet will consider soon will replace the term “rape” with “sexual assault” to make it gender neutral, […]

Rape and Underage Marriage Is Not Important, Says Moroccan Women and Family Minister (Morroco)

July 17, 2012

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by Jeff Fecke Women’s rights groups in Morocco are denouncing comments made by Solidarity, Women and Family Minister Bassima Hakkaoui and are demanding reform of the kingdom’s rape laws. Hakkoui told legislators from the Justice and Development party in May that “the issue of child sexual abuse has been politically exploited by associations, which have greatly […]

New guidance on rape linked to murder cases (UK)

July 7, 2012

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The Crown Prosecution Service has issued new guidance to prosecutors on the issue of whether charges of rape should be pressed when they are linked to a murder. There has been a campaign after the case of Jane Clough. She was murdered by her ex-partner two years ago. He was facing the charge of raping […]

Morocco: End the legal exemption for rapists who marry their victims (Morroco)

March 28, 2012

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Printer-friendly version Action Number: 41.1 Date: 28 Mar 2012 Update Date: 2012 May 17 Update: 15-year-old Safae from Tangiers was raped and impregnated in January 2011 when she was 14. Though she and her mother filed a complaint, according to recent reports they were pressured to drop the charges by the prosecutor and the judge. […]

Hundreds of Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’

March 28, 2012

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Source: BBC NEWS The lack of women’s rights under the Taliban helped to justify western military intervention in Afghanistan Hundreds of Afghan women are in jail for “moral crimes”, including running away and extra-marital sex, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. In a report, it said that women were punished for fleeing domestic abuse and […]