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Thailand: New Criminal Court Division for Human Trafficking Cases

(Aug. 12, 2015) According to Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, a new criminal court division to handle human trafficking cases was to open on August 10, 2015; an announcement of the establishment of the new division was made in the country’s Royal Gazette. (Thailand: Activists, Experts Welcome Slave Trade Court, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. […]

Netherlands: Legislation on Compensation for Emotional Distress

(July 29, 2015) The Netherlands Minister for Security and Justice has submitted draft legislation to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) to provide for compensation for emotional distress arising from serious accidents and crimes. The proposed law would compensate the next of kin of victims who have died, and the dependents of victims who […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]

Japan: Government Discusses How to Deal with “Revenge Porn”

(Nov. 20, 2013) In early October 2013, an 18 year-old Japanese high school girl was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The case became national news in Japan. An aspect of the case that was considered particularly disturbing was the fact that the killer had distributed “revenge porn” about a week before the killing. He posted pornographic […]