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Date: January 2012

Republic of Congo prohibits all corporal punishment of children

The Global Initiative is pleased to add the Republic of Congo to the list of states which have enacted legislation prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home.

Article 53 of the Law on the Protection of the Child (2010) states that corporal punishment may not be used to discipline or correct a child (“Il est interdit de recourir aux châtiments corporels pour discipliner ou corriger l’enfant.”) This explicitly prohibits all corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home. Article 107 states that persons who inflict cruel inhuman or degrading punishment on children are liable to the penalties in the penal code. Article 130 states that international conventions ratified by the Republic of Congo on the rights of the child are an integral part of this law; article 131 repeals all previous laws in conflict with the new law.

This brings the number of African states fully prohibiting corporal punishment of children to five and the total number worldwide to 32.

For further information, see "Countdown to prohibition", "States prohibiting", and the detailed country report on The Republic of Congo.

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