Bolivia CSW Submission 2017 - Equality Now

Bolivia CSW Submission 2017

Communication on the Government of Bolivia’s need to align its Penal Code’s provisions on rape with regional and international human rights standards

1st August 2017

The submission respectfully urges the government of Bolivia to amend its Penal Code’s laws on rape and bring them in line with international and regional human rights standards. Specifically, the submission suggests that the revised Penal Code should: define rape as based on lack of consent and including all forms of non-consensual penetration; eliminate the requirement that survivors prove “intimidation, physical violence, or psychological violence”; apply international and regional human rights standards on consent; repeal the estupro provision; and provide clear guidelines on what acts constitute sexual abuse.

Submitted by: Equality Now and A Breeze of Hope Foundation.