In Algeria and Tunisia, the law allows a rapist to walk free if he marries his underage victim.
Rape is one of the most extreme forms of violence against women and girls. The state has a responsibility to make sure that the law, the police and the justice system are there to protect the rights of women.
Tell authorities in Algeria and Tunisia to repeal the rape "loophole" law now!
and Tunisia, rapists are evading punishment by marrying their teenage victims
and the law fails to adequately protect survivors of sexual violence.
I call on
you to end discrimination against women and girl survivors of sexual violence
harmful and discriminatory laws. This includes:
Articles 326 and 227 bis of the Algerian and Tunisian Penal Codes, respectively
the definition of rape to reflect international law by being gender-neutral and
not requiring physical violence or its proof
- Adopting a
comprehensive law to address gender-based violence
marital rape as a specific criminal offence
Decriminalizing sexual relations between unmarried consenting adults and
same-sex sexual relations, as survivors of sexual violence may be deterred from
filing a complaint for fear of being themselves prosecuted.
accountability and support by
available effective legal remedies that are sensitive to the needs of survivors
of sexual violence
police, judges, lawyers and healthcare workers to respond to survivors of
sexual violence in a sensitive, confidential, non-discriminatory manner.
effective social and medical services, including access to emergency
contraception and to safe and legal abortions.