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Thursday , October 17 2019

Altering juvenile age against global conventions: attorney

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 19: Deputy Chairman for International Relations in the International Organization for Child Protection (INCPT) Attorney Mohammad Taleb has warned against resorting to the Constitutional Court if the government and the Parliament intend to amend the definition of ‘juvenile’ to be those 16 years old.

In his statement, Taleb explained the juvenile draft law, which was approved by the Parliament in its first reading recently, stipulates reduction of the age of those regarded as juveniles from 18 to 16 years old. He pointed out this is against the relevant international conventions signed by Kuwait. He argued, “This draft law is against the constitutional articles and it does not give any protection to juveniles.

In fact, it puts them at risk of being punished by execution or life imprisonment; thereby, treating them like criminals who are in their 20s, 30s and above.

Concerning the recent murder cases, Taleb described them to be within the rational framework so it cannot be generalized and considered a phenomenon that necessitates amendment of the definition of juveniles in terms of age. He stressed these juveniles are children of Kuwait and they deserve to be protected and nurtured by various institutions in the country.

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