[In the news] UNICEF: Lowering age of criminal liability ‘act of violence against children’ -ABS-CBN news

UNICEF: Lowering age of criminal liability ‘act of violence against children’

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opposed Friday fresh calls to lower the age of criminal liability, saying it is an act of violence against children.

“Children in conflict with the law are already victims of circumstance, mostly because of poverty and exploitation by adult crime syndicates,” UNICEF representative to the Philippines Lotta Sylwander said in a statement.

Lawmakers, she said, should instead focus on strengthening the implementation of the law to address juvenile delinquency.

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