BANGLADESH: Inhuman sentencing of children

The Children’s Act 2013 has substantially amended much of the relevant legislation on the criminal sentencing of children, explicitly prohibiting the death penalty and life imprisonment for children. However, children may still be sentenced to corporal punishment. People have also been sentenced to life imprisonment for offences committed while under the age of 18 since the Children Act came into force as a result of the application of legislation that was in force at the time of the alleged offence.

This report was initially prepared for the Child Rights International Network in April 2011 and was subsequently updated in December 2015. 

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