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Somalia: Action Plan to Eliminate Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

(July 12, 2012) On July 3, 2012, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations signed an Action Plan on concrete steps for the Government to take to realize a child-free national army in the country. If the Government fully complies with the plan, the U.N. Secretary-General will remove it from the U.N.'s […]

Netherlands: Pedophile Organization Banned

(July 2, 2012) On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization “glorifies sexual contact [between adults and children] and presents it as something that should be normal […]

European Court of Human Rights; France: Adoption for Same Sex Couples

(Mar. 30, 2012) On March 15, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) determined that there is no right of a person in a same-sex union to adopt a partner's child under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. (CETS No. 005, as in force on June 1, 2010, […]

Finland: Plan to Cut Childcare Benefits Considered

(Mar. 5, 2012) Finland's government is considering shortening the time period in which some families can receive funding from the government to cover the costs of private childcare. According to a news report that appeared in the first week of March 2012, the period in which a family could receive benefits would be reduced from […]

Argentina: Bill Penalizes “Grooming” of Minors on the Internet

(Feb. 8, 2012) On November 2, 2011, the Senate of Argentina approved and sent to the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies) for further debate a bill that penalizes contact with minors through the Internet for sexual purposes, also known as “grooming” of children through the Internet. (Gustavo Ybarra, El Senado Tipificó como Delito el […]

Israel: Registration of a Second Official Address for a Child

(Jan. 23, 2012) On January 16, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Additional Address for Mail Delivery to a Minor (Amendments) Law, 5772-2012. The Law amends the Capacity and Guardianship Law, 5722-1962, the Population Registry Law, 5725-1965, and the Address Updating Law, 5765-2005. The Law permits a parent who resides separately from his child […]

Sri Lanka: Law on Adoption to Be Reviewed

(Jan. 17, 2012) Tissa Karalliyadde, Sri Lanka's Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs, has announced plans to amend the country's law on adoption. The law will be reviewed by a recently appointed eight-member committee, in response to complaints about existing issues in connection with both domestic and foreign adoptions. One children's home, run by […]

South Korea: International Adoption Rates Fall

(Nov. 29, 2011) While the number of intercountry adoptions throughout the world sharply declined last year, the number of children adopted from South Korea remained the same. As a result, South Korea regained its position as the number one country of origin for intercountry adoptions in the United States. (Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department […]

Tanzania: Law on Child Rights Enacted in Zanzibar

(Sept. 1, 2011) On August 25, 2011, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, the President of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island region in the United Republic of Tanzania, signed into law a comprehensive children's rights law. (Shane Keenan, Children's Act Provides New Tools for Protecting Child Rights in Zamzibar [sic], UNICEF (Aug. 25, 2011).) The Act is said […]

Taiwan: Regulations Eased on Childcare Center Locations

(Apr. 6, 2011) As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to increase. Minister Jiang Yi-huah stated, “[u]nder the new law, child care facilities can be set up […]