The National Assembly repealed the death penalty and prohibit early marriage

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MEPs have adopted these new provisions of the penal code, which repeals the 1967 by 111 votes for, one against and four abstentions. The National Assembly of Chad has adopted Monday a reform of the penal code which includes the repeal of the death penalty and prohibit early marriage. The Parliament adopted the new criminal code – which repeals that of 1967 by 111 votes for, one against and four abstentions in this country where the political and social tensions are still strong. The death penalty is repealed except for cases of terrorism. The new penal code intends to combat one of the scourges of the country, early marriage, under the legal age of marriage for girls from 16 to 18 years. In Chad, twenty-eight percent of women 15 to 49 years were married before the age of 15 years and 69 percent of women 20 to 49 years old were married before the age of 18 years. © Rights reserved Chadian president Idriss Deby had promulgated in 2015 a law punishing imprisonment of 5 to 10 years and a fine of 500,000 to 5 million CFA FRANCS (750 to 7,500 euros) anyone who forces a minor to marry. It is committed to banning the marriage of minors by 2020, with the support of the bottom of the UN children (Unicef). However, the new penal code always punishes homosexuality, which is no longer seen as a crime but as a crime, punishable by a fine or a suspended jail sentence.

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