Corporal punishment is defined by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as: "any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light" (Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment 8)


Corporal punishment of children breaches their fundamental human rights to respect for human dignity and physical integrity. You should check that corporal punishment is prohibited both in the home and at school

Human Rights Standards: 

Articles 4, 19 & 28 (2), Convention on the Rights of the Child; Articles 2 (2) & 7, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Article 11 (5), African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; Article 3, European Convention on Human Rights; Article 17 (1) (b), (Revised) European Social Charter; Rule 67, United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty; Article 16, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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