Standing strong with child's rights advocates
TLF Share Collective stands strong together with child's rights advocates everywhere in condemning the legislative move lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines.
TLF Share firmly believes that in order to address the increasing number of children in conflict with the law (CICL) and of children at risk (CAR), our country's efforts should focus on identifying what puts them at risk, as well as on coming up with strategic preventive and restorative mechanisms to promote and protect the best interest of children.
We firmly believe in restoring children than punishing them.
We call for a stronger implementation of Republic Act No. 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, where CICL and CAR are placed in rehabilitation programs instead of being jailed together with adult offenders and suspected offenders.
We call on our legislators to focus on addressing the causes of children becoming at risk, rather than punishing them for problems that are actually caused by parents and the State's failure to fulfill their duties and obligations to children and their families.
(TLF Share statement of solidarity with child's rights advocates on the issue of lowering the age of criminal responsibility. Originally posted on TLF Share Facebook page on May 26, 2019.)