“Under the former Criminal Code the age of consent for heterosexuals and lesbians was 16 and for gay men 18 years of age (see Euroletter No. 57)[[1]]. Article 161 of the new Criminal Law "Sexual acts with a person who has not reached the age of 16" provides for imprisonment of up to 4 years for "sexual acts with a person who has not reached the age of 16, where the latter is in material or other dependence on the person comitting [sic] the sexual act, or where such act is committed by a person who has reached the age of 18." Thus the new [1998] Criminal Law does not distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual acts and defines 16 as the minimum age for all sexual acts” (Lavrikovs, 1998a; cf. 1999, 2001)[2].






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[1]Lavrikovs, J. L.(1998b) Age of Consent and other Inequalities in Latvia,EuroLetter [ILGA Europe] 57:9

[2]Lavrikovs, J. L.(1998a) Two Pieces of Good News from Latvia: I. Age of Consent Equalised, EuroLetter [ILGA Europe] 62:8-9. See also Lavrikovs, J. L. (1999) Sexual Offence and Age of Consent in Latvia,EuroLetter [ILGA Europe] 71:5-6; and Lavrikovs, J. L. (2001) Latvia: Criminal Law Amended to Clarify that Age of Consent is Equal For All,EuroLetter [ILGA Europe] 91:4-5