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South Africa: Regulations Aimed at Stemming Parental Kidnapping Take Effect

(June 8, 2015) On June 1, 2015, South African immigration regulations imposing certain rules on parents and others traveling to or from South Africa that are intended to curb parental kidnapping of small children took effect. (Statement by Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, at the Media Briefing on New Requirements for Travelling with Children Coming […]

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 […]

Bangladesh: Supreme Court Rules Mandatory Death Sentences Unconstitutional

(May 20, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court declared sections 6(2), 6(3), and 6(4) of the Women and Children Repression (Special Provisions) Act, 1995 and section 34(2) of the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act, 2000 unconstitutional “because they prescribe a mandatory death penalty for the […]

Indonesia: Child Protection Legislation Passed

(Oct. 7, 2014) Child protection legislation discussed last spring by Indonesia’s legislature was passed in late September. Due to the importance of its subject matter, the new law is considered to be a “special law,” with authority superseding previous legislation. In addition, all future regulations on children will refer to this law; six ministerial and […]

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 […]