Parliament has established criminal liability for incitement to suicide

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Parliament has established criminal liability for incitement to suicide
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Enforcement action against a person’s will and encouragement of the topic of suicide will draw on three years behind bars.

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law which envisages the introduction of criminal liability for incitement to suicide. This was reported by “Interfax-Ukraine”.

In addition to humiliation, blackmail and abuse now criminal liability will apply to enforcement actions, which are contrary to the will of man. This is a direct allusion to the administrators of the so-called “groups of death” in social networks, which lead teenagers to suicide in “game” form.

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On amendments to the criminal code of Ukraine”, providing for the introduction of criminal liability for incitement to suicide.

– Appropriate steps shall be punishable by restriction or deprivation of liberty for up to three years… these changes to article 120 of the Criminal code will allow to prosecute individuals for encouraging suicide over the Internet, including users of social networks, – stated in the explanatory note to the document.

New amendments to the “Criminal law” will come into force after signing by the President.

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