Bolivia becomes sixth Latin American state to prohibit all corporal punishment

On 17 July 2014, the President of Bolivia signed into law a new Children and Adolescents Code for the country. The Code explicitly prohibits all corporal punishment of children, including in the home. Article 146 provides for the “right to good treatment”, stating (unofficial translation):

The child and adolescent has the right to good treatment, comprising a non-violent upbringing and education, based on mutual respect and solidarity. (2) The exercise of the authority of the mother, father, guardian, family members and educators should use non-violent methods in parenting, education and correction. Any physical, violent and humiliating punishment is prohibited.

Article 117 confirms that physical punishment is prohibited in schools; article 338 prohibits its use in specialised centres (orientation and social reintegration centres), and article 342 states the right of children and adolescents deprived of their liberty not to be subjected to corporal punishment.

The Code came into force on 6 August 2014, making Bolivia the sixth Latin American state to prohibit all corporal punishment, the 39th state worldwide.

For further information, see “Countdown to prohibition“, “States prohibiting“, and the detailed country report on Bolivia.