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Mexico: Senate Committees Approve Draft Legislation to Protect Children

(Oct. 6, 2014) Draft legislation to enhance legal protections of children by amending the General Law of the Rights of Children and Adolescents was approved unanimously on September 25, 2014, by six committees of the Federal Senate. The legislation was drafted by the Mexican Executive Branch under President Enrique Peña Nieto, but it was significantly […]

India: Possible Amendment of IT Law to Address Cybercrimes Against Women

(Aug. 21, 2014) It was reported on August 15, 2014, that the Indian government has taken preliminary steps to introduce amendments to India’s information technology law that would specifically treat cybercrimes against women. The move comes in the wake of reports of men recording rapes of women and girls with their smartphones and using the […]

Japan: Possession of Child Pornography Finally Punishable

(Aug. 4, 2014) Since 2008, the Japanese government has pushed for an amendment of the law to make the possession of child pornography illegal. (Sayuri Umeda, Japan: Child Pornography Law Amendment Discussed, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Jan. 29, 2010).) It has finally succeeded, with the promulgation on July 25, 2014, of the Act to Amend the […]

Brazil: No Pedophiles Allowed in Brazil

(May 30, 2014) On May 22, 2014, the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Eduardo Cardozo, and the Minister of the Human Rights Secretariat, Ideli Salvatti, signed an Inter-Ministerial Act prohibiting aliens who have been convicted of or who are or have been involved with pornography or sexual exploitation of children and adolescents from entering Brazil. (Portaria […]

Indonesia: Plan to Revise Law on Child Protection

(May 22, 2014) On May 14, 2014, Indonesia’s Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister, Linda Amaliarai Gumelar, announced that the government will accelerate plans to revise the law on protection of children. The current law on child protection was adopted in 2002. (Govt to Revise Law on Child Protection, THE JAKARTA POST (May 14, 2014); […]

Brazil: Sexual Exploitation of Children Now a Heinous Crime

(May 21, 2014) Legislation approved by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on May 14, 2014, makes sexual exploitation of children and adolescents a heinous crime. The legislation will be sent to President Dilma Roussef for her signature. (Press Release, Câmara dos Deputados, Câmara Aprova Projeto que Torna Crime Hediondo a Exploração Sexual de Crianças (May […]

Japan: Government Discusses How to Deal with “Revenge Porn”

(Nov. 20, 2013) In early October 2013, an 18 year-old Japanese high school girl was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The case became national news in Japan. An aspect of the case that was considered particularly disturbing was the fact that the killer had distributed “revenge porn” about a week before the killing. He posted pornographic […]

Japan: Child Pornography Law Amendment Discussed

(Jan. 29, 2010) “Japan is one of the world's biggest suppliers of child pornography and the second biggest consumer after the U.S.” (Justin McCurry, Japan to Outlaw Possession of Child Porn, GUARDIAN, Mar. 10, 2008, available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/10/japan.) The possession of child pornography is not at present illegal in Japan. The Act on Punishment of […]

Brazil: Child Pornography to Be Criminalized

(July 2, 2008) On May 21, 2008, the Commission of the Constitution, Justice, and Citizenship of the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for a law that criminalizes the production, publication, and sale, including on the Internet, of images involving the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. The proposal also criminalizes the possession of such […]

Canada: Bill Introduced in Ontario to Require Reporting of Child Pornography

(Apr. 2, 2008) A member of the ruling Liberal party in Ontario who is not a member of the government has introduced a bill in the Legislative Assembly that would require anyone who suspects that they have seen child pornography to report it to the police, the child services agency, or another organization designated by […]