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Somaliland Elders Approve 'Historic' Law Criminalizing Rape

Rapists in Somaliland face up to 20 years in jail after the breakaway conservative Islamic region passed its first law against rape in a drive to combat gender violence, a senior official said Monday. The bill, which passed parliament's upper house Saturday, also criminalizes other forms of gender violence such as forced marriage, trafficking for sexual slavery and sexual harassment. Ayan Mahamoud, Somaliland's representative in Britain, said the draft law had been awaiting...

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