'A great milestone': Somaliland adopts legislation outlawing rape

Activists welcome initial approval of law designed to curb rising sexual violence, but warn scope and implementation could prove problematic

Somaliland has introduced a bill outlawing rape, the first piece of legislation to address gender-based violence in the self-declared state.

Under the Somaliland rape and other related offences bill, all forms of sexual offence would be criminalised, including rape, gang rape, sexual assault, trafficking and child marriage. Rapists who infect their victims with HIV would receive life sentences.

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