Country Liberia
Year 2006
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description

The Government of Liberia enacted legislation to amend the new Penal Code of June 1976 Chapter 14, Section 14.70 and 14.71 (the Rape Law). This Act states that a person who has sexual intercourse with another person (male or female) without his/her consent has committed rape that is punishable by ten (10) years or lifetime imprisonment depending on the degree of the rape (rape of a minor, rape resulting in serious bodily harm, rape using a weapon, gang rape). The new rape law came into force in January 2006. The Act also requires in-camera hearings for all rape cases.

Full Text

Rape Amendment Act

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/LBR/6 paras. 4.2; and 7.19; Response of the Government of Liberia to the questionnaire on Beijing +15 (2009), p. 6