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Parliamentary questions
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13 March 2015
Question for written answer P-004211-15
to the Council
Rule 130
Elena Valenciano (S&D) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D)

 Subject:  Rape within marriage
 Answer in writing 

The United Nations and the Council of Europe have recommended that countries should penalise rape within marriage. Seven EU Member States have not done so: Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

To date, only Denmark, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Germany and Austria have ratified the Istanbul Convention, which speaks clearly about this type of sexual violence.

The Member States have until November to transpose the Community directive on protecting victims of crimes, including victims of the type of crime referred to in this question.

What information does the Council have on the legislative plans of Member States in which the crime of rape does not cover rape within marriage?

Does the Council believe that the crime of rape should include rapes that take place within a marriage or partnership?

Original language of question: ES 
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