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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommends prohibition of corporal punishment

During the 17th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, eight states were examined on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee issued three recommendations – under articles 15 and 16 of the Convention – to prohibit corporal punishment of children:

  • In its concluding observations on Bosnia…

Job opportunity: Coordinator, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

We are seeking a new Coordinator for the Global Initiative: 

  • Full-time (35 hours per week)
  • Salary: £60,000 p.a. + 6% pension contribution
  • Holidays: 28 days + UK public holidays
  • Permanent contract, subject to funding

The role of Coordinator has two aspects: providing overall leadership to the Global Initiative’s advocacy for children’s…

States respond to UPR recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment

At the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, held in February/March 2017, the working group reports of states reviewed at the 26th session of the UPR in November 2016 were adopted. The formal responses of Governments that did not respond at the time to recommendations made during their reviews are included in the reports. Eleven states were…

Zimbabwe High Court declares corporal punishment unconstitutional

On 28 February 2017, the High Court of Zimbabwe ruled that parents and teachers who inflicted corporal punishment on children were in breach of the 2013 Constitution. Indeed, the new Constitution guarantees people’s right to protection from “physical or psychological torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (section 53) and from “all forms of violence from public or private…

Global newsletter issue 36 (February 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 to prohibit all corporal punishment in Slovenia and Lithuania, moves towards prohibition in Ecuador, Malaysia, Pakistan and USA, and other positive developments in Kazakhstan and Togo. We also present…

Lithuania prohibits all corporal punishment of children

During an extraordinary session on 14 February 2017, the Lithuanian Parliament – the Seimas – passed amendments to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of the Child 1996, prohibiting all corporal punishment of children.

The new law defines corporal punishment as “any punishment in which physical force is used to cause physical pain, even on a small scale, or otherwise…

African e-newsletter issue 24 is out now!

This latest edition of the African newsletter documents recent developments, campaigns and positive moves towards ending corporal punishment from across the region - including an advocacy intervention in Togo to move from prohibition to elimination of all corporal punishment. It presents the new annual global report from the Global Intiative, as well as information from human…

French Constitutional Council annuls article prohibiting the use of “corporal violence” against children

Several provisions of the Equality and Citizenship Law voted in December last year were annulled yesterday (26 January 2017) by the French Constitutional Council, including article 222 prohibiting the use of “corporal violence” against children.

Soon after the law was voted, opposition MPs referred it to the Constitutional Council and challenged the constitutionality of several of its provisions.…

Global report 2016 is out now

The year 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the World Report on Violence against Children to the UN General Assembly. The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present this year's edition of our annual global report, marking this 10th anniversary and celebrating the significant progress made towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment in the…

France passes law prohibiting the use of “corporal violence” against children

Updated 9 January 2017

On 22 December 2016, the French Parliament voted to pass the Equality and Citizenship Law. Article 68 of this law completes article 371-1 of the Civil Code as follows (amendment in bold, unofficial translation):

“Parental authority is a cluster of rights and duties whose finality is the interest of the child.

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