Yugoslavia: Update to YUG31902.E of 25 January 1995 on state protection available to women who have been raped and on criminal code penalties
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 May 1999|
|Citation / Document Symbol||YUG31902.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yugoslavia: Update to YUG31902.E of 25 January 1995 on state protection available to women who have been raped and on criminal code penalties, 1 May 1999, YUG31902.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac71a7.html [accessed 12 December 2013]|
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Information on state protection available to women who have been raped in Yugoslavia is scarce. A 15 December 1998 AP report states that a member of the Yugoslav national basketball team was given a three year prison sentence for having raped a 15-year-old girl. The Belgrade judge said upon sentencing that three years in prison is the minimal sentence for such an offence. An appeal on the sentence was sent to a higher court.
No further information on state protection available to women who have been raped in Yugoslavia could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Associated Press (AP). 15 December 1998. "Yugoslav Basketball Star Sentenced for Rape." (NEXIS)
Additional Sources Consulted
Central and East European Law Initiative Website. American Bar Association.
Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Electronic sources: IRB databases, Internet, WNC.
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (Mincava), Electronic
Network of East-West Women Website.
Win News. 1998.
Women Watch Website.