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Philippines: Committee of Justice must ensure amendments to Juvenile Justice Act comply with international law

, Index number: ASA 35/6336/2017

Amnesty International commends the decision of the Sub-Committee on Correctional Reforms of the Committee on Justice, not to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9. However, the organisation remains concerned about some of the provisions in a bill adopted by the Sub-Committee, to amend the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, which appear to treat children lower than 15 in ways which could be harsh or arbitrary.

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