Lebanon - The Penal Code - Equality Now

Lebanon - The Penal Code

  • Country: Lebanon
  • Law status: Repealed
  • Law Type: Rape

Article 522 of Lebanon’s Penal Code stops prosecution or execution of a penalty when the perpetrator of a rape, kidnapping, or statutory rape marries the person he has raped or kidnapped.

Article 522. In the event a legal marriage is concluded between the person who committed any of the crimes mentioned in this chapter [including rape, kidnapping and statutory rape], and the victim, prosecution shall be stopped and in case a decision is rendered, the execution of such decision shall be suspended against the person who was subject to it.

Prosecution or the execution of the penalty shall be resumed before the lapse of three years in cases of misdemeanors and five years in cases of felonies, in the event such marriage ends by the divorce of the victim without a legitimate reason or by a divorce which is decided by court in favor of the victim.

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Article 7 of the Constitution of Lebanon: All Lebanese shall be equal before the law. They shall equally enjoy civil and political rights and shall equally be bound by public obligations and duties without any distinction.

16 AUGUST 2017 UPDATE: Lebanon's parliament has voted for the full repeal of Article 522 of the Penal Code! Going forward rapists and other sexual abusers who marry their victims will no longer enjoy impunity for their crimes. This is yet another momentous victory in the Arab region following Jordan and Tunisia's reforms and should encourage other countries in the region that still have these discriminatory legal provisions. Congratulations to all the activists who worked tirelessly for years to make this happen! We are coordinating with our partners to make sure that no other gaps in protecting women and girls' rights to be free from sexual violence remain in the law.

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