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Italy: New Law Making Torture a Crime

(Sept. 20, 2017) On July 18, 2017, new legislation creating the crime of torture entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 110 of July 14, 2017, Introduction of the Crime of Torture in the Italian Legal System (Law No. 110), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE  (July 18, 2017) (in Italian).) To effect this change, the new legislation introduces articles […]

Netherlands: Enhanced Police Powers for Missing Person Investigations

(July 28, 2017) On July 19, 2017, consultation via the Internet opened for draft legislation that would speed up missing person investigations by giving Dutch police enhanced powers to request information pertaining to the whereabouts of such persons. The information the police might be able to solicit includes mobile phone and debit card usage, records […]

Israel: Additional Restriction on Sex Offenders

(May 16, 2017) On March 22, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Restrictions on the Return of a Sex Offender to the Crime Victim’s Locality (Amendment No. 6) Law, 5777-2017 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2627 p. 593, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew)).  The […]

Japan: Act Provides for Money to be Paid to Victims of Overseas Crimes

(Sept. 8, 2016) Japan’s Act on Provision of Condolence Money to Victims of Overseas Crime (Condolence Money Act) was promulgated on June 7, 2016.  (Act No. 73, KANPO (June 7, 2016) (in Japanese).)  For crime victims inside Japan, there is a law that obligates the government to provide condolence money to them.  (Act on Support […]

Netherlands: Crime Victims’ Rights Enhanced

(May 3, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted a legislative proposal put forward by the Minister of Security and Justice that gives victims of serious crimes the right to be heard in the courtroom and to express, “for example, [what they] think about the guilt of a suspect and what […]

Thailand: New Criminal Court Division for Human Trafficking Cases

(Aug. 12, 2015) According to Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, a new criminal court division to handle human trafficking cases was to open on August 10, 2015; an announcement of the establishment of the new division was made in the country’s Royal Gazette. (Thailand: Activists, Experts Welcome Slave Trade Court, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. […]

Netherlands: Legislation on Compensation for Emotional Distress

(July 29, 2015) The Netherlands Minister for Security and Justice has submitted draft legislation to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) to provide for compensation for emotional distress arising from serious accidents and crimes. The proposed law would compensate the next of kin of victims who have died, and the dependents of victims who […]

Nigeria: Bill on Elimination of Violence Against Persons Enacted into Law

(June 4, 2015) On May 25, 2015, as one of his last acts in office, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Violence Against Persons Bill. (Mohammed Abubakar & Kanayo Umeh, Jonathan Signs Two Bills into Law, GUARDIAN (May 26, 2015).) According to its 2011 version, the legislation contains provisions banning various forms […]

Israel: Amendment Provides Sex Offense Victims Right to Select Gender of Interviewer

(Jan. 7, 2015) On December 10, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Rights of Victims of Crime (Amendment No. 11) Law, amending the 2001 Rights of Victims of Crime Law. (Amendment Law (5775-2014), Knesset website [scroll down to appropriate link on the right]; Rights of Victims of Crime Law, 5761-2001, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]