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Mongolia: Legislation Prohibiting All Corporal Punishment

(May 4, 2016) The advocacy group Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children reported in March 2016 that Mongolia has passed two new laws that contain prohibitions against all corporal punishment of children. The Mongolian State Great Hural (parliament) passed the Law on Child Protection 2016 and the Law on the Rights of […]

France: New Legal Protections for Children

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 14, 2016, the French government promulgated a new law on child protection. (Loi no. 2016-297 du 14 mars 2016 relative a la protection de l’enfant (1) [Law No. 2016-297 of March 14, 2016, Regarding the Protection of the Child], LEGIFRANCE.) It amends existing French legislation with the overall goal of increasing protection for children, especially […]

Pakistan: Senate Passes Bill to Criminalize Child Sexual Abuse and Child Pornography

(Mar. 22, 2016) On March 11, 2016, the Senate, the upper house of Pakistan’s federal legislature, passed a bill that includes a number of amendments to Pakistan’s Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. The legislation adds provisions criminalizing child sexual abuse, child pornography, and domestic human trafficking.  (Senate Passes Law Against Child Sexual Abuse, […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Amendments to Children Act

(Mar. 17, 2016) On March 2, 2016, the 388–member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Children (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the goal of which is “to amend the Children Act, Cap. 59; enhance protection of a child; provide for the guardianship of children; provide for inter country adoption; prohibit corporal punishment and provide for related matters.”  (The Children (Amendment) […]

Brazil: National Integrated Policy for Early Childhood Approved

(Mar. 15, 2016) On March 8, 2016, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef sanctioned Law No. 13,257 (Lei No. 13.257, de 8 de Março de 2016, PLANALTO (Mar. 8, 2016)), which establishes principles and guidelines for the preparation and implementation of public policies for early childhood.  The policies pay special attention to the relevance of the early […]

Indonesia: Plan to Issue ID Cards to Children

(Mar. 3, 2016) In February 2016, Indonesia’s Home Minister, Tjahjo Kumolo, announced that under Home Ministerial Regulation No. 2 of 2016 the government will begin issuing identity cards to children in March. The cards, to be called Kartu Identitas Anak [Child Identity Cards] (KIAs), will have unique numbers that will be issued to all Indonesians […]

Australia/Nauru: High Court Rules Offshore Detention of Asylum Seekers Is Lawful

(Feb. 5, 2016) On February 3, 2016, the High Court of Australia, Australia’s highest court, held in a 6-1 decision that the government is legally able to participate in the detention of asylum seekers in the Pacific island country of Nauru; this means that a number of people who were brought to Australia to receive […]

Israel: State Funding of Child Savings Accounts

(Jan. 13, 2016) On November 18, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation providing for the transfer of funds by the National Insurance Institute (NII) into child savings accounts (CSAs).  (Economic Improvement (Amendments for Reaching Budget Goals for Budget Years 2015 and 2016) Law, 5776-2015, §§ 28–29, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS (the official gazette), […]

China: Two Child Policy Becomes Law

(Jan. 8, 2016) On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted a decision amending the Population and Family Planning Law. Effective January 1, 2016, the “two child policy” became law applicable nationwide. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Renkou yu Jihua Shengyu Fa [People’s Republic of China Population and Family Planning Law] (2015 […]