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South Africa Becomes the 57th Country to Prohibit All Corporal Punishment of Children

The Constitutional Court of South Africa has released its judgement declaring the corporal punishment defense unconstitutional.

“The right to be free from all forms of violence or to be treated with dignity, coupled with what chastisement does in reality entail, as well as the availability of less restrictive means, speak quite forcefully against the preservation of the common law defence of reasonable and moderate parental chastisement. There is, … therefore, no justification for its continued existence, for it does not only limit the rights in sections 10 and 12 of the Constitution, but it also violates them unjustifiably” (para. 71).


Scotland Prohibits All Corporal Punishment of Children

MSPs passed the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, on Thursday 3 October 2019. It will make it a criminal offense for parents to smack their children. The ban on all physical chastisement was overwhelmingly backed by MSPs, with 84 MSPS backing it and 29 against.

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