Country Suriname
Year 2009
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual violence

Brief Description

In 2009, the moral law was revised in accordance with the following conventions:

  • Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
  • United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, including the Protocol regarding the prevention, elimination and punishment of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children; and
  • Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

Rape is penalized under article 295 of the Penal Code. Rape within marriage is penalized under the amended definition, which deleted the words “buiten echt” (beyond marriage). The article is now gender-neutral and, as such, rape of males can also be penalized.

Full Text

Moral Law as Revised in 2009

Source of Information

Additional information provided by the Government of Suriname in response to the questionnaire on violence against women, September 2009