Somaliland Parliament passes law recommending 20 years in prison for rapists

Somaliland Parliament has passed a law recommending 20 years in jail for rapists, the first law against rape in a drive to combat gender violence. The bill, which passed parliament’s upper house, also criminalizes other forms of gender violence such as forced marriage, trafficking for sexual slavery and sexual harassment.

Somaliland’s representative in Britain, Ayan Mahamoud, said the draft law had been awaiting parliamentary approval for years, and that President Musa Abdi’s government, which was elected in November, saw curbing sexcrimes as a priority. Mahamoud said it was expected to be signed into law by Abdi in the coming weeks.