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

Comms pro Annika Billberg joins RakeTech corporate advisory

first_img Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Industry affiliate marketing network RakeTech has confirmed the appointment of Annika Billberg as a new member of its Board of Directors.Advising RakeTech’s corporate strategy, Billberg is a seasoned leadership executive in media, communications and commercial development.Billberg currently serves as Chief Brand & Communications Officer for Stockholm-listed financial services and credit management firm Intrum SA.Christian Lundberg, Raketech Chairman, commented on the appointment of Billberg as a corporate advisor: “Over the last year, Raketech has undergone a substantial transformation journey, both in terms of staff and its way of working. We have doubled the number of employees to more than 100 people, acquired several leading assets, and rolled out a new operational model based on three clear growth pillars. To have the right expertise on the board is vital for our continued development, and both the board and management team welcome Annika to the company.”RakeTech moves to strengthen its corporate advisory, has undertaken a series of acquisitions in 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, the company details that corporate guidance is further needed as the betting industry’s places a higher emphasis on responsibility for all stakeholders.Annika Billberg commented on joining RakeTech governance: “Raketech is an exciting company with lots of opportunities ahead. I look forward to supporting the management team in the continued journey, with more acquisitions as well as new products and markets on the agenda. The company has also made solid progress in looking over its activities within sustainability and responsibility, where there is good potential to take the lead and push the entire industry in the right direction.” Submitlast_img read more

Love In’t Wins Catakaw Academic Competition

first_imgLove International School recently won the Miller B. Catakaw District #9 Montserrado County’s Annual Quiz Competition. The school defeated titleholder Joseph Jenkins Roberts (JJR) School 65 points to 45 to settle for second place.Love International School walked away with a cash prize of US$150, while JJR took home US$100.The contest, held under the theme, “Dusting Our Books for Study,” brought together 16 schools in the district.The students were quizzed in mathematics, general science, social studies, language arts and Liberian history.The contest was held in the auditorium of the Mary Help Christina School in New Matadi Estate, Monrovia.In his opening statement, Mr. Catakaw, who is vying for the district’s lone seat in the Legislature, challenged the students to be serious about education.“The phrase, ‘our education system is in a mess,’ is no joke; but as stakeholders, we need to demonstrate our commitment to meet whatever challenges exist to improve the system,” Catakaw noted. According to him, one of the major ways to address this challenge is for every Liberian to put together his or her resources to establish and support academic programs like the quiz competition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more