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Act No. XXXVII of 2016 - Criminal Code (Amendment) Act

Twelfth Legislature (2013 - 2017)

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Published on 19 July 2016

Bill No. 113 - Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill

Objects and Reasons

The objects and reasons of this Bill are to update the provisions of the Criminal Code on crimes against religious sentiment also given that since these laws have been enacted in the 1930s the Criminal Code has been amended several times in order to impose criminal sanctions on the instigation of religious and other forms of hatred and to provide for the better implementation of the right to freedom of expression with regard to the striking of the necessary balance between the right of everyone to receive and impart information and ideas and the need to protect society and vulnerable persons in particular from certain forms of pornography and indecency. Consequential amendments are also being made to the customs Ordinance and the Pornography and Obscenity Regulations are being repealed.

Motion No. 258 - Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill