Jan 17, 2011

Timor-Leste’s Legal System Struggles to Prosecute Sex Offenders

AUTHOR:IRIN NewsSOURCE:IRIN News

Only two years ago did district courts in Timor-Leste begin to function regularly again after years of violence in the island nation. But cases of domestic sexual violence generally continue to be delegated to community mediation instead of regular courts because the police believe women are obligated to have sex with their husbands. Even those cases that do make it to the courts aren’t processed immediately due to extreme backlogging of the judicial system. We at LfM believe that women’s reports of sexual assault must always be taken seriously and addressed by the proper officials, whether they implicate their husband or a stranger. Click here to read the full article.

Did you know?

Women in developing countries are 300 times more likely to die than those in the industrialized world.

Source:UNICEF, 2010


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