February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the ...[read more]
November 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Afghanistan Justice Ministry has proposed new provisions to the nation's penal code that allow for stoning as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working ...[read more]
October 18, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The UN Working Group on discrimination against women on Thursday urged governments around the world to repeal laws that criminalize adultery and give rise to severe penalties which include flogging, death by stoning and hanging. While the working group conceded that "adultery may constitute a ...[read more]
June 1, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Sudanese government to reform its discriminatory laws and abolish both the death penalty and all corporal punishment after a young Sudanese woman was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who is believed to be under the ...[read more]
November 15, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On November 15, 2006, Pakistan'sNational Assembly, the lower house of parliament, passed the2006 Protection of Women Bill, transferring rape case jurisdiction from religiousSharia courts to civil courts. The bill also made it easier for women inPakistan to prove rape allegations. Conservativ... ...[read more]
October 30, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
The Constitutional Court of South Korea upheld a law criminalizing adultery on Thursday, rejecting complaints that the 55-year-old law is outdated and constitutes an invasion of privacy. The challenge was brought by the lawyers of popular South Korean actress Ok So Ri, who was charged under the ...[read more]
August 8, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Farzana Hassan and Hasan Mahmud: The Iranian government's decision to commute its earlier stoning sentence against four adults convicted of adultery is the right decision and a welcome move. It is also encouraging news that Iran has put a moratorium on such punishments, however, the natio... ...[read more]
August 6, 2008
by Devin Montgomery
Iran has commuted the sentences of four people scheduled to be executed by stoning and has suspended the use of the punishment, local media reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi, the head of the country's judiciary, had originally placed a moratorium on the punishment in ...[read more]
July 30, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Farzana Hassan: The statistics are alarming. Eight women and one man have been sentenced to death over an adultery conviction in none other than, Ayatollah, mullah-ridden Iran. As if criminalizing adultery in the absence of a similar ruling on rape isn't enough of a mockery of justice. I... ...[read more]
July 28, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Iranian officials on Sunday hanged 29 people in the capital Tehran as part of what the government says was a push to enforce Islamic moral codes. Government sources and local media presented conflicting reports regarding what crimes those executed had committed, but offenses ranging from adultery ...[read more]

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