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On 17 June the Special Commission of the House of Representatives approved a proposal to reduce the age at which children can be tried as adults from 18 to 16 years. The proposal will now be voted on in the House of Representatives by 30 June. If passed, it will violate a number of national and international laws, including Brazil’s obligation to protect the rights of the child.
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A 10-year-old girl is pregnant after having been raped by her stepfather. Despite the high risk this pregnancy poses and her mother’s request, access to safe abortion has not been provided.