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Canada: Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act Receives Royal Assent

(June 30, 2015) On June 18, 2015, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act received Royal Assent, the necessary approval by a representative of the Crown after a bill is passed by the House of Commons and the Senate. (Bill C-26, An Act To Amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Sex […]

Indonesia: Death of Child Brings Calls for Reform of Child Protection, Adoption Legislation

(June 18, 2015) An infamous case of violence against a child has led to calls for reform in child protection and adoption legislation in Indonesia. On June 10, 2015, the body of an eight-year old girl was found in Bali; she had been buried in the backyard of her adoptive mother’s house. (Unlawful Child Adoption […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange

(June 15, 2015) On May 11, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court decision to continue to detain Julian Assange in absentia. (Press Release, The Supreme Court Affirms the Decision of the Court of Appeals for Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange (May 12, 2015), Högsta Domstolen[Supreme Court] website; Case No. Ö 5880.14 of […]

Croatia: Legislation Gives Benefits to War-Time Rape Victims

(June 5, 2015) On May 29, 2015, by a vote of 86 to 3, the parliament of Croatia passed a law giving compensation to women and girls who were raped during the 1991-1995 war in which Croatia attained independence from the former Yugoslavia; the legislation will come into force in January 2016. (Taylor Gillan, Croatia […]

Denmark: Animal Protection Act Strengthened by Ban on Bestiality

(May 7, 2015) On April 21, 2015, Denmark’s legislature approved a motion that bans bestiality; the goal of the action is to combat animal-sex tourism. The ban, which comes into force on July 1, was passed by a 91-75 vote, with five abstentions. It will impose a fine or imprisonment as punishment for anyone found […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Egypt: Rape and Sexual Assault Suspects Referred to Criminal Court

(June 19, 2014) On June 12, 2014, Egypt’s General Prosecutor ordered the referral of seven individual suspects for trial before the Criminal Court of Cairo, on charges of rape and sexual assault. The authorities had arrested those individuals after they obtained a video showing a mass sexual assault on women that took place during the […]