Mozambique Revises Rape Law


An outcry from activists has prompted the commission to remove the penal code clause giving rapists suspended sentences to marry the victim. The definition of rape has also been broadened to include marital rape.
  • Mozambique:  Offensive Articles Removed From New Draft of Penal Code

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 7 April 2014

    The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, which is redrafting the country's Penal Code, has definitively removed ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  When Party Politics Beats Sisterhood

    Gender Links, 3 April 2014

    You would think that the Mozambican Parliament, of which almost 40% are women, would not approve a law that affords rapists impunity if he marries his victim and thus "cleanses her ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Discriminatory Penal Code Articles Under Fire

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 18 March 2014

    Mozambican civil society organizations involved in defending the rights of women and children have condemned as “serious violations of human rights” several articles in ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  New Law Keeps Old Leniency for Rapists Who Wed Victims

    AlertNet, 21 March 2014

    Women's rights activists in Mozambique are opposing proposed legislation that includes an old law essentially giving rapists impunity if they marry their victims, even if it ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  When Women Vote Against Women's Rights

    Daily Maverick, 23 March 2014

    What is the point of having women make up half of Parliament, if they vote for laws that put girls and women right back into the 19th century? This is happening today in ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Punishment for Sexually Raped Children and Women

    Verdade, 26 February 2014

    The law, which was intended to protect victims of rape, favors the rapist. If the rapist is convicted of the crime but marries the victim, the law authorizes that his sentence be ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Assembly Approves Penal Code in General

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 18 December 2013

    The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday unanimously passed the first reading of a new Penal Code, which will replace the obsolescent penal code ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Deputies Oppose Criminalising Adultery and Vagrancy

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 17 December 2013

    While deputies of all political hues in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Tuesday agreed that the country needs a new Penal Code, to replace the ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Assembly Discusses New Penal Code

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 16 December 2013

    The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Monday began debating a new Penal Code, which replaces the completely obsolescent Portuguese Penal Code of 1886. read more »

  • Mozambique:  Penal Code to Criminalise Alcohol Abuse

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 28 June 2012

    The Mozambique's revised Penal Code will introduce tougher penalties for alcohol abuse and urinating or defecating in public places, reports Thursday's issue of the daily newspaper ... read more »

Civil society saw the proposed new article as a “flagrant violations of the rights of women, children and other groups” (file photo).