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Guyana abolishes colonial era juvenile offences; new law protects children’s rights

Viernes, 27 de Abril de 2018 | América Latina, Guyana
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Guyana on Thursday abolished several offences that could be committed by children, with the passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill which will replace a more than 80-year old colonial era law.

Government refused numerous requests by the opposition to take the Bill to a parliamentary select committee to address numerous concerns.

In kicking off parliamentary debate, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan announced that with the passage of the draft law, status offences such as wandering, vagrancy and truancy would no longer be criminal offences.

“These offences must be abolished and they have been abolished in this Act,” Ramjattan told the 65-seat House. He said often times those actions are as a result of psychological or socioeconomic problems facing girls and street children who are “often victims of this kind of criminalisation”.

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