Kosovo: KOMF conducts consultations for amending the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code

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Source: The Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo – KOMF

The Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo – KOMF in partnership and supported by EU and UNICEF under the project “Ending Violence Against Children” has conducted consultations to change the attitudes of key civil society actors and stakeholders from public institutions regarding the revision of legislation addressing violence against children, with focus on the provisions of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

Representatives of civil society and representatives from all levels such as legal offices of relevant institutions, prosecutors, judges, representatives of the Office of the Prime Minister, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Ombudsperson Institution, Kosovo Police, UNICEF and field experts, have been part of these consultation.

A workshop was organised in order to enable the discussions among key actors of the field and to provide an opportunity to give voice to the views of civil society, public institutions and interest groups, deepening the recommendations regarding the further development of the legal framework for protection of child victims of violence.

The recommendations from these consultations have been addressed to the institutions responsible for supplementing / amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

Among others, some of the amendments proposed are:

  • Increase of the minimal imprisonment period for trafficking with human beings, specifically increase imprisonment for trafficking with persons under the age of 18 years old, since the minimum punishment for trafficking with children is lower than the punishment for trafficking with adults.
  • Incrimination as a criminal offense, for the engagement in illegal procedures for adoption.
  • Increase punishment for mistreatment of children in pornography.