Colombia imposes life sentence for rape, child murder

first_imgAccording to forensic authorities, more than 22,000 children under 18 were victims of sexual crimes in 2019, while 708 died violently.Almost 6,500 minors were allegedly sexually assaulted between January and May, the Medicina Legal body said.Until now, the maximum prison sentence in Colombia was 60 years, as the constitution banned “the penalties of exile, life imprisonment and confiscation,” although that clause has now been modified.The abuse of minors has also been a feature of the near six-decade-old conflict pitting government forces against left-wing rebels. Topics : Colombian president Ivan Duque enacted a constitutional reform Wednesday that sets a life sentence for those found guilty of rape or child murder.”Today Colombia has said no to those thugs that try to usurp the tenderness, innocence and principles of our children,” said Duque.On average, almost two children under the age of 18 are murdered every day in Colombia.center_img The top leaders of the now dissolved Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which laid down its arms and signed a historic peace deal in 2016, face accusations of recruitment and sexual violence against children at a special court set up to try those suspected of crimes committed during the conflict.The army also recently fired 31 soldiers implicated in sexual aggressions since 2016, some against indigenous girls.The new law will not be applied retroactively, though.The law has been criticized by opposition politicians, academics and experts that claim an increase in punishments will not result in a reduction of crimes.last_img read more

UKGC outlines tougher sanctions for betting operators

first_img Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Coming into force on 31 October 2018, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has outlined that strengthened sanctions against gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law. The new regulations come after the UKGC went through an open consultation period and are the latest step as the industry trade body looks to implement its vision for the market, with it aiming to further empower customers to make informed choices when it comes to the gambling industry, as well as enhancing their freedom to enjoy gambling and to feel confident that they will be treated fairly.As part of the new laws, gambling operators will face increased and quicker sanctions over adverts that breach advertising regulations. Additionally, the Commission has emphasised that it will improve the complaints process for consumers, cutting down on spam promotions that are sent from operators to customers. Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, stated: “Protecting the interests of consumers is a priority for us and needs to be a priority for gambling operators. These changes will protect consumers from irresponsible advertising and misleading promotions, ensure that they can withdraw their money more easily, and will mean that firms have to deal with complaints more swiftly.”The UKGC has also detailed that it will continue to sanction operators for adverts put out by affiliates, an issue that continues to plague the rulings of the Advertising Standards Association, a group that the UKGC says it will continue to work with. It has also revealed it will continue its strong relationship with The Competition and Markets Authority to tackle concerns around unfair terms and misleading practices in the gambling industry. Moving forward it is aiming to strengthen the sanctions with regards to operators not following the rules on changes to customer contracts and unfair commercial practices at any stage of a customer relationship. Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more