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UNICEF calls for urgent video evidence in courts

Published:Tuesday | October 2, 2012 | 8:49 AM

UNICEF is calling for the urgent passage of legislation allowing the use of video-recorded evidence for child victims of sexual abuse.

Video-recorded evidence is one of the proposed amendments to the Evidence Act.

The international organisation says video evidence would allow children to avoid the often traumatic experience of appearing in court to testify against their abusers.

It said evidence can also be recorded by children, who have witnessed acts of sexual abuse.

UNICEF and other child-focused agencies have been advocating for passage of the Evidence Act for several months.

The Bill to pass the Act has been delayed for a number of years but is currently scheduled to be tabled in Parliament this month.

UNICEF’s representative in Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, has again underlined the urgent need for the legislation in the wake of the rape of five females in St. James last week.

Two men, who have been in police custody in relation to the rapes are to face an identification parade today.