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 to explicitly prohibit all […]

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 treatment. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 violence […]

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 […]

Updated review of research on the effects of corporal punishment

The evidence that corporal punishment is harmful to children, adults and societies is overwhelming. The Global Initiative’s newly updated review of research on the impact of and associations with corporal punishment surveys this evidence. The updated review covers the evidence from a major recent analysis of five decades of research on the issue, and includes more than 250 […]

Special progress report marks 10th anniversary of UN Study on Violence against Children

The Global Initiative is delighted to present a new global report ahead of a high-level intergovernmental conference hosted by the Austrian Government in Vienna this week (June 2016), and marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children. This special report outlines progress to date towards universal prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment and looks at the […]