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Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 30 (March 2015)

Two more states – Andorra and Benin – have achieved full prohibition of corporal punishment of children since the last Global Initiative newsletter in December 2014, bringing the total number of states to 46 (seven in Africa, 28 in Europe). In this newsletter, the Global Initiative reports on these developments and more, including a European ruling compelling France to prohibit all corporal punishment,…

France must prohibit all corporal punishment of children to comply with human rights ruling

France is in violation of the Revised European Social Charter due to its lack of prohibition of all corporal punishment of children, the European Committee on Social Rights has ruled.

In a decision released on 4 March 2015, the Committee noted that there is no express and comprehensive prohibition on all forms of corporal punishment of children in French legislation. It recalled that, when…

Two more states achieve prohibition

Benin and Andorra have joined the list of states prohibiting all corporal punishment, bringing the global total to 46 (seven in Africa, 28 in Europe).

Benin’s new Children’s Code 2015, passed by the National Assembly on 26 January, states in article 39 that discipline by parents and others must respect the child’s human dignity. Article 130 states (unofficial translation):

African e-newsletter issue 18 (March 2015)

In this edition of the African newsletter, Benin is added to the list of countries prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, bringing the total number of prohibiting African states to seven. The Global Initiative also reports on progress towards prohibition in Uganda and Zimbabwe, highlights treaty body recommendations…

March 2015 edition of the Global Progress and Delay leaflet

The latest edition of the Global Initiative’s popular leaflet summarising progress towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment is now available.

Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: progress and delay lists on the one hand the 44 states which have now prohibited all corporal punishment and the 48 states where governments are committed to law reform, and on the…

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