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Corporal Punishment Of Children Violates International Human Rights Laws

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There is cumulative and convincing evidence that all corporal punishment of children, no matter by whom inflicted or how mild, violates international human rights laws. This chapter explores that evidence in detail, including textual interpretations of various treaties and one U.N. declaration, the holdings of regional human rights adjudicatory bodies, the influential statements of treaty monitoring committees, and the published work of legal scholars. The traditional view has lost much of its credibility and leverage by virtue of the inclusive wording of many post-World War II international human rights treaties and declarations. Similarly, the other treaties and the declaration discussed in the chapter also employ language that, either explicitly or implicitly, requires both the public and private sectors to respect human rights-an interpretation contained in the comments of the respective official bodies monitoring treaty compliance and the scholarly literature.

Keywords: corporal punishment of children; international human rights laws; international human rights treaties; U.N. declaration



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