Prohibition of all corporal punishment in Cabo Verde (2013)

The Law on Children and Adolescents 2013 (Law No. 50/VIII/2013) was approved on 30 October 2013. It was published in the Official Gazette (Boletim Oficial) on 26 December 2013 and came into force in January 2014.

Article 31 of the new Law explicitly prohibits corporal punishment within the family (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 keep in mind the rights of children and adolescents to an upbringing free from violence, corporal punishment, psychological harm and any other measures affecting their dignity, which are all inadmissible.”

Corporal punishment is prohibited in all public and private institutions under the Civil Code, but prior to this reform it was lawful in the home and in non-institutional forms of care.


Further information

  • Global Initiative country report for Cabo Verde
  • Law on Children and Adolescents 2013 (Portuguese)
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