Nicaragua: National Assembly to reform law to combat gender-based violence

Posted on June 8, 2017 • Filed under: Crime, Latin America Womens Issues, Politics

The National Assembly is promoting an initiative to partially reform Law 779, the Comprehensive Law Against Violence against Women, with the objective of guaranteeing the citizen, family and community security of all Nicaraguans.

The initiative presented this Wednesday by the deputy Wilfredo Navarro, seeks the promotion of a peaceful coexistence among all inhabitants, where freedom, justice and respect for the dignity of people, as a principle of the Nicaraguan nation, are ensured.

“The fundamental objective of the reform is the protection of human life and punishment with more severe penalties for people who commit crimes such as femicides, murders, rape of minors. We will work on the consultation of the Law and involve institutions such as the Supreme Court of Justice, National Police, Public Prosecutor, “said María Auxiliadora Martínez, president of the Justice and Legal Affairs Commission.

The reform to the law contemplates a series of specifications that will guarantee the respect to the life, security, freedom and personal, psychological, moral and sexual integrity. For this reason, deputies consider that increasing the number of years of deprivation of liberty for those who commit crimes related to abuse and deprivation of life will set a precedent.

“The reform establishes some aggravating to the Law, for example, who commits the crime against a woman in front of their relatives, the sanction will be more drastic, when a teenager is violated and the victim becomes pregnant, the penalty will be greater. We are talking about an increase between five and ten years in all crimes against life and in sexual crimes. The idea is to protect social peace, strengthen human security and citizen security mechanisms, “said Carlos Emilio López, Vice-President of the Committee on Women, Youth and Family Affairs.

The reform contemplates the expansion of catalogs of crimes in which conscientious jurors will not function, but will use technical judges, being a mechanism for protection of human rights. The only measure that will proceed in the reform is the measure of deprivation of liberty, once presented the crime, the defendant will remain under the measure of pre-trial detention while the due process of justice.

“The state must continue to provide more security to families and reform comes to protect the most precious, life and especially that of women. The reform is focused on punishing serious crimes like parricide, femicide and the Code will give us greater security and stability for our families, “said Irma Dávila, president of the Committee on Women, Youth and Family Affairs.

“We agree to be in favor of increasing the penalties for those who commit atrocious murders, it is wrong for the most sensitive parts of Nicaraguan society to be killed and we can not tolerate it in any way. We consider that the years of jail must be increased as a palliative measure to try to prevent crimes, “said deputy Miguel Rosales, chairman of the PLC. Read Article

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