28 June 2012

Mozambique: Penal Code to Criminalise Alcohol Abuse

Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN
Civil society saw the proposed new article as a “flagrant violations of the rights of women, children and other groups” (file photo).

Maputo — The Mozambique's revised Penal Code will introduce tougher penalties for alcohol abuse and urinating or defecating in public places, reports Thursday's issue of the daily newspaper "O Pais".

On Wednesday, the matter was the subject of a thorough analysis during a meeting of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legality which is drafting the revised Penal Code.

The Health Ministry has recently expressed its concern with alcohol abuse, which is a public health problem and the cause of death of thousands of young people across the country.

Under the draft Penal Code, the criminalisation of alcohol abuse does not only fall on consumers, but also on those who encourage children to drink alcohol or guardians who allow their children to buy alcoholic beverages.

As for defecating and urinating in public places, which is a chronic problem in urban areas, the committee intends to incorporate these issues into an article dealing with indecent exposure.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

Mozambique Revises Rape Law

Civil society saw the proposed new article as a “flagrant violations of the rights of women, children and other groups” (file photo).

An outcry from activists has prompted the commission to remove the penal code clause giving rapists suspended sentences to marry the victim. The definition of rape has also been ... Read more »