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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…

Montenegro has prohibited all corporal punishment of children

The Global Initiative has recently confirmed that amendments to Montenegro's Family Law, passed in July 2016, included prohibition of all corporal punishment of children in Montenegro. The amendments, which came into force in August 2016, inserted article 9a which states:

(1) Child [sic] shall not be subjected to corporal punishment or any other cruel, inhuman or degrading…

Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition at 61st session

The Committee Against Torture’s 61st session finished on 11 August. During the session, the Committee examined four states’ implementation of the Convention Against Torture and issued recommendations on corporal punishment to all states:

  • To Antigua and Barbuda, which was examined in the absence of a report, the Committee welcomed the Child Justice Act 2015…

Human Rights Committee issues recommendations on corporal punishment at latest session

At its 120th session in July 2017, the Human Rights Committee issued recommendations to states on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.

  • To Madagascar, the Committee recommended that the state take practical measures to end corporal punishment in all settings, including through legal reform, and undertake awareness-raising campaigns…

New booklets answer frequently asked questions about prohibiting corporal punishment!

The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present a new series of three booklets which provide answers to the questions that arise when we think about prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. The booklets aim to give parents and carers, government officials, education professionals and others the confidence…

Global newsletter issue 37 (June 2017) is out now!

The Global Initiative's quarterly global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this latest edition, we report on recent law reform workshops working towards prohibition of all corporal punishment in Myanmar and Viet Nam, and highlight moves towards prohibition and other positive developments from across the globe. We also present…

Consultation opened on the England and Wales CPS Charging Standard

In England and Wales, corporal punishment is lawful in the home under section 58 of the Children Act 2004, which provides for “reasonable punishment” of children. Although the Children Act 2004 removed the recourse to the “reasonable punishment” defence for any offence more severe than common assault, at the time the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Offences against the person Charging Standard

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment at 75th session

At its 75th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined seven states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and issued recommendations on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.

  • To Antigua and Barbuda, the Committee recommended that the state end all forms of corporal punishment in…

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