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Aruba has prohibited all corporal punishment of children

The Global Initiative has confirmed that the 2016 Law amending the Civil Code in Aruba modified article 1:247 to include (unofficial translation):

In the care and upbringing of the child, there is no neglect and the parents do not apply mental or physical violence or any other degrading treatment”

The new provisions mirror those in the Civil Code in the…

South African High Court declares defence of “reasonable chastisement” unconstitutional

On 19 October 2017, the High Court of Gauteng ruled that the common law defence of “reasonable or moderate chastisement” breaches children’s rights under the 1996 Constitution and, as such, is unconstitutional. In South Africa, the common law has, until now, recognised a defence to the charge of assault for parents who use force to discipline their children, provided this falls within the bounds…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment at latest session

The Committee’s 76th session was held in September 2017 and examined states’ implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Recommendations on the prohibition of corporal punishment and the implementation of existing bans were extended to all states examined:

  • The Committee recommended to DPR Korea that the Government review the legislation…

New briefing examines progress towards prohibition of corporal punishment in West and Central Africa

The Global Initiative and Save the Children are delighted to present a new briefing examining progress towards prohibition of all violent punishment of children in West and Central Africa. Designed to support national action, the briefing sets out what needs to be done to achieve prohibition in each state and highlights any immediate opportunities for reform. The adoption of commitments to…

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