Child Abuse and Neglect

Positive changes in Polish penal code in regard to crimes against children enter into force

New stricter law in Poland refers to penalties for the most serious crimes against children as well as the legal obligation for everyone to react and report, if he/she suspects, sees or knows about such crime. Till now such obligation was only a moral one.

The new amendment to Polish penal code tightens the penalties for serious crimes against children

On April 11, 2017 Polish President Andrzej Duda signed an amendment to the penal code, which tightens the penalties for serious crimes against the health and freedom of the children. The changes will come into effect on July 1, 2017.

Mumbai Police speak against child abuse: #LetKidsSpeakUp

While the police is often vilified for being lackadaisical and incompetent to take up gender-sensitive initiative, the Mumbai Police have spoken against child abuse while initiating a campaign on social media. Titled #LetKidsSpeakUp, the campaign addresses child abuse and the plight a kid goes through following a similar experience.



Asylum Seekers Blocked at Polish – Belarusian Border

©Mikael Damkier – Fotolia.com
©Mikael Damkier – Fotolia.com
On 1 March 2017 Human Rights Watch published the report about the situation of asylum seekers at the Belarus-Poland border. Since 2016, large numbers of asylum seekers, mostly from the Russian Republic of Chechnya, but also from Tajikistan and Georgia, have tried to apply for asylum in Poland at the border with Belarus. Most of them are families with children. Polish authorities routinely deny them the right to apply for asylum and instead summarily return them to Belarus.