15 Jan '12, 10pm

#Thailand Proposes Raising Min Age at which Juvenile Offenders Can be Punished to 12 from 10

The Nation/Asia News Network Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection chief Thawatchai Thaikhiew will propose on January 26 a legal amendment that would raise the minimum age at which juvenile offenders can be punished to 12 from 10. The proposal is aimed at bringing Thai law in line with recommendations by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Later this year, a programme will be implemented in an effort to determine the factors that lead youths to commit crimes, Thawatchai said. In cases where it could be clearly determined that parents played a role in causing youths to offend, the department will ask the judge to consider revoking their parental rights, he added. Revealing that the number of crimes committed by youths in 2011 was down from 2010, he said it wasn't because youths were committing fewer crimes but beca...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1S...

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