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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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Since 2014, Boko Haram has killed at least 5,500 Nigerian civilians and abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, many of whom been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight.