Corporal punishment of children in Europe
Estonia has banned all corporal punishment of children, including in the home, becoming the sixth State to do so this year. The Child Welfare Act 2014, which was passed by the Estonian Parliament last week, explicitly prohibits the „use of physical force for the purpose of punishment” in all settings. The total number of States worldwide to have enacted a ban now stands at 43.
Meanwhile the European Parliament recently adopted a resolution on the rights of the child which, among other features, address corporal punishment of children. In particular, paragraph 26 „calls on the Member States to uphold their obligations and combat any form of violence against children, including by formally prohibiting and sanctioning corporal punishment against children”. More generally, the paragraph also „condemns any form of violence against children... and considers that tradition, culture and religion should never be used to justify violence against children.”
Quelle: Newsletter des Child Rights International Network vom 3.12.2014