Somaliland: A Tough New Penal Code For ‘Rape And Sexual Offences’

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Somaliland Debates A Tough New Penal Code For 'Rape And Sexual Offences'

Somalilandsun- Somaliland looks to be on the verge of enacting a bill that would punish anyone found guilty of a sexual offense.It’s not that rape is legal in Somaliland, which broke away from Somalia in 1991 but is not recognized internationally.

The penal code recognizes some sexual offenses. Yet they’re so narrowly defined that critics say women and girls remain unprotected. The current penal code refers to sexual offenses by the words “carnal violence” and “acts of lust.”

Somaliland’s new bill calls for the Police Commissioner and Office of the Attorney General to ensure that police are trained to investigate sexual offenses.

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