NAURU: DEATH PENALTY REMOVED FROM STATUTE BOOKS
May 27, 2016: the Nauruan government announced that the countryâ€™s parliament had passed a number of laws updating its criminal code to bring it more into line with modern international human rights standards.
The new laws supersede those based on the 1899 Criminal Code of Queensland.
The archaic Queensland criminal code derived its anti-homosexuality laws â€“ â€ścarnal knowledge against the order of natureâ€ť â€“ from the British 1860 anti-sodomy laws, which were exported across the Commonwealth during the Victorian era.
Nauruâ€™s reformed laws have â€śremoved homosexuality as an offenceâ€ť, and state that suicide â€śis no longer an offence and is considered more a mental health issue rather than a criminal law issueâ€ť.
In addition, the reformed legislation broadens the definition of rape to include marital rape, and introduces the offence of stalking.
The death penalty has been removed as a punishment from Nauruâ€™s statute books, the government has said, as has hard labour and solitary confinement.
Slavery has been criminalised, as well as child labour, and â€śforcing a child to marry another person in exchange for a material benefitâ€ť. (Sources: theguardian.com, 27/05/2016)