Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women: Maldives

CEDAW session 060 (2015)

(6 March 2015, CEDAW/C/MDV/CO/4-5 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on fourth/fifth report, paras. 44 and 45)

"... The Committee notes with grave concern that consensual sexual relations outside marriage are still punished with flogging sentences, which disproportionately affect women and girls and deter them from reporting sexual offences....

"The Committee recommends that the State party:

a) as a matter of urgency, de-criminalize and abolish the imposition of flogging as a sentence for consensual sexual relations outside marriage, as recommended by the Committee in its previous Concluding Observations (CEDAW/C/MDV/CO/3, para. 34)...."

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