Roadblocks To Justice: How The Law Is Failing Survivors Of Sexual Violence In Eurasia
Released in January 2019, this report contains a general overview of the laws on sexual violence in the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union and analysis of gaps in the law and examples of practice allowing for impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence crimes. Detailed country profiles are also set out, which contain relevant excerpts from legislation in effect across Eurasia.
“This report will be an important tool for all governments, law makers and advocates for the rights of women and girls across the post-Soviet region.” - Elizabeth Evatt AC, former Chair of the UN CEDAW Committee and a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee
Research was conducted to examine the following three issues:
1. Exemptions from criminal liability/penalty provided in the specific articles on sexual violence in the criminal codes;
2. Exemptions from criminal liability/penalty contained in the general provisions of the criminal codes, as applied to all crimes, including sexual violence;
3. Application of the law in practice.