Republic of Azerbaijan - Age of Sexual Consent
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AZERBAIJAN LAWS: 1. Has a sodomy law, punishable with 5 to 7 years in prison for anal
sex. Oral sex is legal. Lesbian sex is not mentioned in the law. The law has been repealed
(effective in September 2000). Private non-commercial acts of intercourse between
consenting adult males will no longer be criminal. Forcible sodomy will remain a
crime under the new Article 150.
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I. Ages for legal purposes
Age of simple majority
According to the Civil Code of the Azerbaijan Republic, possibility for the citizens to
obtain civil rights by his/her actions and to undertake civil responsibilities (also known
as civil capability), occurs from the moment of attaining majority only, it is to say from
the age of eighteen (18) years.
Age of consent for sexual activity
Current legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic makes no provisions with regard to the age
of sexual interrelationship. (But must be 16 to consent to sexual intercourse!)
Age of consent for marriage
In conformity with article 15 of the Marriage and Family Code of the Azerbaijan Republic,
the minimal age for consenting to marriage is fixed at eighteen (18) for men and at
seventeen (17) for women. In exceptional cases the age of marriage can be reduced by one
Article 109 of the Criminal Code of the Azerbaijan Republic specifies responsibility for
sexual intercourse with minors committed by means of threat of physical violence. Special
responsibility is foreseen for rape of minors with aggravated consequences. Rape refers to
sexual intercourse committed by means of physical violence or threat of physical violence,
as well as by means of abusing helpless state of the victim.
Penalty imposed : 3-7 years of imprisonment.
Repeatedly committed rape shall be punished by 5-10 years of imprisonment.
Gang rape, as well as rape of a juvenile, shall be punished by 5-15 years of imprisonment.
Rape committed by a particularly dangerous repeat offender or causing grievous bodily
harm, as well as rape of infants, shall be punished by 8-15 years of imprisonment.
III. Other forms of child sex abuse
Sexual intercourse with a person aged below sixteen (16) years, Article 111
Article 111 of the Criminal Code specifies criminal responsibility for sexual relations
with a person aged under sixteen (16). Sexual intercourse with a person aged below sixteen
(16) years shall be punished with imprisonment for up to 3 years. The same actions
committed in a perverted way or with a view of satisfaction of sexual passion shall be
punished with imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Sexual Abuse, Article 112
Article 112 of the Criminal Code stipulates criminal responsibility for perverted actions
with regard to a person aged under sixteen (16). This offence shall be punished with
imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Sodomy (Buggery), Article 113
Article 113 of the Criminal Code foresees criminal responsibility for sexual relations
between men (sodomy). This offence shall be punished with imprisonment for up
to 3 years.
Sexual relations with minors committed by persons vested with certain rights with regard
to the minors in question are subject to criminal proceeding in accordance to article 113,
Part 2 of the Criminal Code. The same article provides responsibility for actions bound
with sodomy and committed either by means of violence or by abusing the dependant position
of the victim minors.
The same actions committed by means of physical violence or abusing dependant position of
the victim, as well as sodomy committed with regards to juveniles shall be punished with
imprisonment from 3-8 years.
IV. Child prostitution
Current legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic stipulates an administrative responsibility
for prostitution in Article 173-2.
Penalty imposed : warning or fine
Unfortunately no provisions on child prostitution are made by the current legislation of
the Azerbaijan Republic.
V. Child pornography
Article 228 of the same Code specifies responsibility for manufacture, dissemination, or
advertising of pornographic works, publications, imprints and images, together with other
subjects of pornography, as well as their trades or storage with the view of trades.
Penalty imposed : imprisonment for up to 3 years or a fine together with seizure of
pornographic subjects and manufacturing facilities.
Finally, article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Azerbaijan Republic specifies criminal
responsibility for manufacture and sale of pornographic material.