Norwegian Marte Dalelv filed rape charges in Dubai, and was herself sentenced to 16 months herself for extramarital sex. She has now been pardoned and can leave the country.
In some Arab countries, men who rape a woman but then marry her are protected from prosecution. But legislative changes approved by parliament in Jordan are making this a thing of the past.
Turkey's ruling AK Party has proposed pardoning men sentenced for sexual violence against girls if they marry their victim. The opposition and rights groups fear such measures will normalize rape and forced marriages.
The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict. FARC rebels have also expelled five commanders for refusing to demobilize and join a peace process.
Prosecutors in Dubai have dropped a case against a British woman facing criminal charges for engaging in extramarital sex after reporting a rape to police. Any sex outside of marriage is a crime in the Muslim city-state.
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