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Philippines: Congress Aims to Lock Up More Children

Expand Mourners watch as Kian delos Santos, a 17-year-old student who was shot during anti-drug operations is buried in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines August 26, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (New York) – Philippine legislators should reject a draft law to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 to 12, Human Rights Watch said today. Both houses of the Philippine Congress appear set to approve a bill that would incarcerate greater numbers of children caught up in the criminal justice system. Under House Bill 8858, children as young as 12 could be tried for criminal offenses in family court.…

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