June 20, 2024

Cambodia Looks to Ban Surrogacy

Currently, no laws prevent commercial surrogacy in the country


The Justice Ministry of Cambodia announced that it is investigating allegations of ongoing commercial surrogacy in the country reports Khmer Times.

The investigation is being led by Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana in collaboration with the police and Ministry of Health.

Vong Vathana said that the accusations were a problem that would not have taken place if Cambodia had laws preventing surrogacy.

“This is a problem that we must think about carefully because it will be more difficult in the future as we won’t know the exact identity of the child,” he is quoted as saying by Khmer Times.

He further said, “And we also need to have a law to prevent surrogacy services because it doesn’t happen from a person’s desire, but to do business related with children that we do not need in Cambodia.”

The statements were made at a three day workshop that launched the “Explanatory Note of Domestic Adoption,” a move that hopes to ensure adoptees are protected and placed in families that are able to take care of their needs.

Surrogacy is banned in many Southeast Asian countries. Surrogacy in Thailand was banned for foreigners recently due to a controversy that arose when a western couple refused to take the child because it was born with a genetic defect.

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Cambodia to Draft First Surrogacy Laws

UN envoy to help draft the laws


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The Cambodian Daily reports that U.N. envoy Rhona Smith will help draft the country’s first surrogacy laws.

Smith is a rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia and is on a ten day visit to talk about issues surrounding the country including crimes against women and children.

Cambodia’s ministry spokesman said that Smith encouraged the idea of regulating laws on commercial surrogacy in Cambodia.  According to Cambodian Daily, the ministry has been working with Australian officials in regulating the trade and more than 50 surrogacy brokers have already advertised the service in the country.

The aim of establishing the law is to prevent surrogates from being taken advantage of by brokers and to avoid instances in which foreign couples refuse to take a baby born with a genetic defect.

Thailand abolished commercial surrogacy last year because the western couple who had used the services of a local woman to have twins, refused to take one of the twins because the child suffered from Down’s syndrome. Surrogacy law in Thailand allows commercial surrogacy only for opposite-sex married Thai residents.

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Sharia Law May Protect Child Rapists Says Judge

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A former sharia judge is moving to change a sharia law that allows underage girls to marry in Malaysia reports The Star.

Datuk Ismail Yahya said that although the legal age for marriage is 16 under sharia law, girls under 16 can also be married if they get consent from the State’s head of government.

Yahya wants the age of consent be raised to 18 in order to avoid future complications and health problems that may arise from girls marrying too young.

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The amendments are championed by Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, who organized the forum, Rozana Isa. The director fears that Islam is being manipulated by men who use sharia law to escape rape charges by marrying their victims who are, often, underage girls.

According to the Star, amendments to Section 10 of the Malaysian Civil Laws Act were suggested at the forum which consisted of UNICEF representative to Malaysia Marianne Clark-Hattingh and sharia law committee chairman Datuk Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari.

Recent reports show that sharia has led to the legislation of child marriages in 6 countries. In Saudi Arabia, wives can be not only pre-pubescent, but even babies, because Saudi Arabia has no minimum marriage age at all.
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Armenia Amends Surrogacy Law

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PanArmenian reports that the Armenian parliament has approved changes to a law on reproductive health and reproductive rights of an individual on Thursday.

According to the report, specific changes were made under surrogacy, which affirm that the surrogate has no rights to the child. A woman is allowed to have two surrogates in her lifetime. However, foreigners are not allowed to use Armenian women as surrogates for their babies.

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Surrogacy laws vary from country to country. In some countries such as Vietnam and Ukraine, surrogacy is legal whereas in England, the act of commercial surrogacy is illegal. In Thailand, commercial surrogacy is legal only among opposite sex, married Thai residents.

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Thailand to Ease Drug Laws

The Thai government is looking to reduce penalties on meth and marijuana by the end of this year

The penalties on drugs such as meth and marijuana in Thailand will be reduced by the end of this year, reports Khaosodenglish. This will be accomplished by reclassifying the drugs to a category that allows for them to be licensed for medical purposes.

Drugs that are on the list to be reclassified are meth, marijuana, kratom and hemp. The Director of Narcotics Control Board, Sirinya Sitdichai said that marijuana, kratom and hemp will be reclassified within the next several months and meth will be reclassified in December.

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Meth or Ya ba as the locals call it is currently under Category 1 while hemp, kratom and marijuana are under Category 5. Reclassifying the drugs would involve moving the drugs to Category 2 so they will be available for medical use.

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Incredible India-Sex with 15 Year Olds

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India deems it legal to have sex with a 15 year old girl provided the two of you are married. The law was amended in 2013 to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18.

The law, which was amended in 2013 to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18 failed to be amended for underage married girls.

According to the Indian Express, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it was impractical to raise the age of consent for married girls because of social realities.

Child marriages although illegal, are rampant in India with a census report showing that more than 23 million child brides exist in India, of whom 10 million are below the age of ten. Failure of the government to raise this law by accepting child marriage as a ‘social reality’ is disturbing and encourages the country to keep up the antiquated tradition.

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U.S GMO Law – The Hidden Truth

Newly passed GMO labeling law blocks state authority to regulate and label GMO foodtomato_scanned


President Obama signed on a legislation called the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act (H.R. 1599) that allows food companies to conceal the GMO ingredients in their food products.

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Not only does this bill affect the state’s ability to regulate genetically engineered foods, but it also negates the seed labeling laws passed in Vermont and Virginia along with Alaska’s law that makes GE fish labeling mandatory.

Of date, 64 countries around the world require that their GE foods be labeled. Many Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia label their GE food products.

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