IHREC Submission amendment s5 Sexual Offences Act 1993

The purpose of the legislative reform in a new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill (not to hand) is stated to provide, on the one hand, for increased protection for “vulnerable persons” against all forms of sexual exploitation and, on the other hand, to respect the rights of persons with an intellectual disability to enter into loving sexual relationships. This is to be achieved through reforming section 5 of the 1993 Act and through adherence to the rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”)

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