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(May 02, 2008) On April 22, 2008, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved amendments to the Child and Juvenile Welfare Law that impose fines on anyone who encourages the young to commit suicide. The revised Law stipulates that persons who "force, lure, allow, or act as a go-between for" a child or minor to end his or her life (art. 30, item 14) will face a fine of between NT60,000 and NT300,000 (about US1,944–9,720) and have their name publicized (art. 58, para. 1). This fine doubles the range of amounts that could previously be imposed and is applicable to the entire list of prohibited acts against children and minors (which number 15, including the new offense). Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (of the KMT, or Nationalist Party) stated that he had put forward the amendment "because of cases involving suicidal Internet users trying to attract others to end their lives together through online discussion boards and chatrooms." (Flora Wang, Bill Targets Adult Role in Child Suicides, THE TAIPEI TIMES, Apr. 23, 2008, at 3, available at http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2008/04/23/2003410030; Amendment to Child and Teenage Welfare Law, 6797 THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 2-3 (May 7, 2008), GLIN Id No. 205132, available at http://content.glin.gov/summary/205132; Child and Juvenile Welfare Law, 6526 THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 45-66 (May 28, 2003), GLIN Id No. 88953, available at http://content.glin.gov/summary/88953.)

Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
Topic: Children More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Taiwan More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008