Prohibition of all corporal punishment in South Sudan (2011)

On 14 July 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became the 193rd member state of the United Nations, having achieved independence on 9 July. South Sudan can now be added to the list of states which have achieved full prohibition, though legislation prohibiting corporal punishment was originally enacted prior to independence.

In 2005, under the Interim Government of Southern Sudan, the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan was passed which stated in article 21(1):

Every child has the right … (f) to be free from corporal punishment and cruel and inhuman treatment by any person including parents, school administrations and other institutions….”

Prohibition was confirmed in article 21 of the Child Act (2008), entitled “Right to Protection from Torture, Degrading Treatment and Corporal Punishment”:

Every child has the right to be protected from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and in particular:

a) no child shall be sentenced to capital punishment or life imprisonment;

b) no child shall be subjected to corporal punishment by chiefs, police, teachers, prison guards or any other person in any place or institution, including schools, prisons and reformatories; and,

c) no child shall be subjected to a group punishment by chiefs, police, teachers, prison guards or any other person in any place or institution, including schools, prisons and reformatories.”

A new Constitution – the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (2011) – came into force on independence. It includes the prohibition of corporal punishment of children by all persons, including parents, in article 17(1):

Every child has the right: …

f) to be free from corporal punishment and cruel and inhuman treatment by any person including parents, school administrations and other institutions….”

 

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