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Updated briefing illustrates progress and delay in Africa

Six African states have achieved prohibition of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the family home. But only 8.5% of children in Africa are protected in law from all corporal punishment, while more than a quarter are not protected in any setting of their lives. 

These facts and many more…

Landmark law passed in Argentina

In a ceremony held on 7 October 2014 in the Bicentennial Museum, Buenos Aires, the President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner promulgated the new Civil and Commercial Code, which will come into force in January 2016. Article 647 of the Code explicitly prohibits all corporal punishment of children (unofficial translation):

“All forms of corporal…

New briefing on progress towards prohibition in Latin America

The past six months have seen three Latin American states enact prohibition of all corporal punishment, bringing the number of states in the region in which children are legally protected from violent punishment in all settings of their lives to seven. Governments in at least a further six states have expressed a commitment to law reform, and many states are now reforming their laws to strengthen…

New report highlights opportunities for prohibition in West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa is home to nearly 237 million children. Of these, 96.5% live in states where they are not legally protected from corporal punishment in the family home and other settings. The Global Initiative’s new report, published jointly with Plan International and Save the Children, reviews progress towards prohibition of corporal punishment of children…

New UNICEF reports make violent punishment visible

A major new UNICEF report, Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, highlights that violent discipline is the most common…

Sixth African state prohibits all corporal punishment of children

The Law on Children and Adolescents 2013, in force 2014, states in article 31 (unofficial translation):

“(1) The family must provide a loving and safe environment that allows the full development of children and adolescents and protects them from any actions affecting their personal integrity.
(2) In exercising the right to correction parents must always…

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 28 (September 2014)

Major new developments reported in the latest issue of the Global Initiative’s newsletter include prohibition of all corporal punishment in Brazil and Bolivia, a meeting of regional inter-governmental organisations which promoted prohibition and a major new UNICEF report which makes the scale of violent punishment of children visible. It gives news of regional developments…

“Global progress and delay” leaflet – September edition

The Global Initiative’s popular leaflet summarising progress and delay worldwide towards prohibiting corporal punishment in all settings has been revised and updated, showing significant progress towards universal prohibition since the last (March) edition. 

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African e-newsletter issue 16 now available

In this edition of the African newsletter, we are pleased to announce that Cabo Verde has joined the list of states enacting legislation, which prohibits all corporal punishment of children including within the family. With Cabo Verde, there are now 6 African states prohibiting corporal punishment of children in all settings. We hope this newsletter will be a useful resource to support individuals…

Bolivia becomes sixth Latin American state to prohibit all corporal punishment

On 17 July 2014, the President of Bolivia signed into law a new Children and Adolescents Code for the country. The Code explicitly prohibits all corporal punishment of children, including in the home. Article 146 provides for the “right to good treatment”, stating (unofficial translation):

“The child and adolescent…

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