Lebanese Parliament Abolished Article 522 of the Penal Code

17 Aug 2017

On Wednesday, 16th of August the Parliament of Lebanon has abolished Article 522 of the Penal code which allowed rapists to marry their victims in order to avoid punishment and prison.

Euromed Feminist Initiative congratulates women’s rights, civil society and human rights organizations and activists in Lebanon for their extensive efforts in the abolishment of Article 522 of the Penal Code after years of continuous activism. Although the achievement is still incomplete due to keeping Articles 505 and 518 that legalize the marriage of underage girls, it’s still an important step to protect women’s rights in Lebanon.