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  • The Criminalisation of Marital Rape and Intimate Partner Sexual Violence across the Commonwealth

    Marion Bethel, Sisters For Change on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance • 2019

    This report commissioned by Sisters For Change analyses the criminalisation of marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence across the Commonwealth. It explores the colonial origins of the marital rape exemption before examining in detail the development of international and regional human rights standards relating to marital rape and gender-based violence. Through a series of country case studies, the report analyses inadequate legislative protections in relation to marital rape and the challenge that religious and customary laws in plural systems pose to legislative reform before discussing three different legislative models which have been adopted by Commonwealth countries. The purpose of this report is to advance and support the legislative reform of discriminatory laws in those Commonwealth countries where the marital rape exemption still exists in one form or another.
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The Criminalisation of Marital Rape and Intimate Partner Sexual Violence across the Commonwealth

This report commissioned by Sisters For Change analyses the criminalisation of marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence across the Commonwealth. It explores the colonial origins of the marital rape exemption before examining in detail the development of international and regional human rights standards relating to marital rape and gender-based violence. Through a series of country case studies, the report analyses inadequate legislative protections in relation to marital rape and the challenge that religious and customary laws in plural systems pose to legislative reform before discussing three different legislative models which have been adopted by Commonwealth countries. The purpose of this report is to advance and support the legislative reform of discriminatory laws in those Commonwealth countries where the marital rape exemption still exists in one form or another.
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