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We can renounce to amend the entire PSOE reform of the 'law of only yes is yes'


The formation led by Belarra will try to "reconstruct the broken feminist majority" in Parliament with agreements on partial amendments to the norm

The Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, and the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, on the Government bench in Congress. Ricardo Rubio (Europa Press)

Unidas Podemos has finally renounced going deeper into the division observed for months between the two partners of the coalition in the Government on the occasion of the reform of the law on sexual freedom or

the only yes is yes

and will not submit an amendment to the entire rule, whose deadline for these procedures ended this Saturday.

It is not a casual abdication, nor a resignation from the highest positions of that formation and the Ministry of Equality against retouching that norm.

In Unidas Podemos they see it as a last opportunity "to rebuild the feminist majority" within the coalition and with the partners of the investiture bloc.

The formation now wants to agree to partial amendments with the PSOE and other partners.

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On March 7, the reform registered only by the PSOE to some articles of the controversial

law of the only yes is yes

that had allowed hundreds of reductions in sentences for sexual crimes and dozens of releases, after being confirmed in Congress, began its parliamentary journey.

the break within the government coalition and with its most usual partners, after weeks and months of fruitless public and private discussions.

The PSOE carried out this bill with 231 votes thanks to the final support of the right, with the deputies of the PP and Ciudadanos.

The 56 parliamentarians of Unidas Podemos, ERC, EH Bildu, BNG, the CUP and the former CS deputy, Pablo Cambronero, demonstrated against it.

Vox abstained.

The consideration of this proposal by the plenary thus allowed its passage to the corresponding commission in Parliament, where a period was opened to present amendments in its entirety.

That period ends this Saturday.

Unidas Podemos reserved until the last moment the option of trying to correct the entire text, because it defends theses very different from those of the PSOE on the errors and failures of that law and on how to correct its so-called "undesired effects", which have allowed many Courts and courts lower sentences.

But ultimately he has chosen not to.

There will be no amendment to the entire UP to this reform,

Unidas Podemos even appears to soften somewhat the extremely harsh language used in recent weeks against the PSOE for promoting this reform thanks to the PP, such as when they alluded to "returning to the Penal Code of La Manada", although similar expressions were used again this Thursday by one of its deputies in the appearance of the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, in a congressional commission.

Until now, the parliamentary group of Unidas Podemos has accepted without any nuance the strictest positions set by the leadership of that organization and the Ministry of Equality that nothing of the law should be changed so as not to devalue the consent of the women of the central nucleus of regulation in cases of sexist violence.

Minister Llop, the Government and the PSOE deny having touched on consent in the law.

What the proposal registered by the PSOE does is increase the penalties for sexual assaults committed with violence or intimidation.

This change implies recovering to a large extent the penal framework prior to the law of only yes is yes, in which to accommodate the crime of sexual assaults to the mildest conducts —previously classified as abuses— some punishments were lowered.

The first official count of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) has estimated at 721 the already reduced sentences for sexual offenders so far.

The initiative of the PSOE, which has requested and achieved that its processing be carried out through the urgent route, the fastest, will be applied to the attacks committed once it enters into force, so it will not prevent further reductions in sentences. of offenders convicted before this reform or pending trial, since the law always requires the criminal to apply the most favorable criminal law.

The revised norm will serve to prevent, in the future, the most serious attacks from being able to end with a lower penalty than that provided for in the Penal Code prior to the law of

only yes is yes.

The Socialists propose an aggravated subtype of assault in the Penal Code that applies to those cases committed with violence, intimidation or on a victim whose will has been annulled for any reason (which penalizes, for example, assaults under chemical submission).

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Source: elparis

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