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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.

New handbook for multi-religious gatherings marks 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Declaration

Ahead of Universal Children’s Day (20 November), the Global Initiative, Save the Children and the Churches’ Network for Non-violence are delighted to launch Ending corporal punishment of children – a handbook for multi-religious gatherings, marking the 10th anniversaries of the UN Study…

Slovenia prohibits all corporal punishment of children

Originally posted 7 November 2016. Updated 10 November 2016 to reflect Government confirmation that prohibition applies in all settings, including all alternative care and day care settings.

 

On 25 October 2016, the Slovenian National Assembly passed Law No. 542-08/16-9/2.6 Amending and Supplementing the Law on Prevention of Family Violence (ZPND-A). The new law prohibits…

Global newsletter issue 35 (October 2016) is out now!

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, we report on Paraguay's recent prohibition of all corporal punishment, new commitments to law reform made by Namibia, Seychelles and Sierra Leone, and other positive developments in El Salvador, Finland, The Gambia, Peru and Philippines. We also present new resources…

States receive recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment at the UPR

Fourteen states were reviewed in the 25th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in May 2016. All states reviewed except one received recommendations on the issue of corporal punishment. At the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, held in September 2016, the final working group reports of states reviewed in the 25th session were adopted and Governments gave their formal responses to…

Paraguay becomes 50th state worldwide to prohibit all corporal punishment of children

On 17 August 2016, the Paraguayan National Congress approved the Law on Promotion of Good Treatment, Positive Parenting and Protection of Children and Adolescents against Corporal Punishment or Any Type of Violence as a Method of Correction or Discipline (Ley de Promoción del Buen Trato, Crianza Positiva y de Protección a Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes Contra el Castigo Físico o Cualquier Tipo de Violencia…

Briefing for High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The Global Initiative has produced a new briefing for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is taking place in New York on 11-20 July 2016, under the auspices of the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC. The Forum is the UN's central platform for the follow-up and review of…

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