Children, Not Criminals

This campaign seeks to block several proposals in Congress to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines from the current 15 to as young as 9 years old. It also supports moves to strengthen the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (RA 9344), as amended by RA 10630, an Act establishing the Bahay Bag-Asa (House of Hope), and its implementation.

 

CURRENT STATUS

Child rights advocates led by Child Rights Network and Philippine Action for Youth Offenders and champion legislators joined forces to block moves in the House of Representatives to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, and instead come up with a substitute bill to strengthen the current law. Meanwhile, 2 bills proposing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old have been filed in the Senate.

 

#ChildrenNotCriminals

What you can do

SIGN THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION

Your voice counts in giving children in conflict with the law another chance. Sign the petition now and share it to your family and friends.

Go to bit.ly/childrennotcriminals

WRITE TO YOUR LEGISLATORS

Get in touch with your Senators and Representatives and tell them that the problem is not the age, but the weak implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.

Write your letter

ORGANIZE AN ACTIVITY

Child Rights Network partners with various individuals and organizations in organizing policy forums, seminars, learning sessions, and other legislative advocacy activities. Get in touch with us!

Send us an email

SHARE A SUCCESS STORY

If you know someone who was given a second chance in life and was provided help and rehabilitation through restorative justice, feel free to share the story with us.

Share a story

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