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Domestic Laws Of Countries Absolutely Prohibiting All Corporal Punishment Of Children

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As of this writing, the middle of 2005, at least fifteen countries have instituted obligatory legal measures de legitimating all corporal punishment of children. Of the fifteen nations, fourteen have forbidden corporal punishment by statute and Israel has done so by a judicial decision that is binding precedent across the land. Although there are no enactments in the Civil Code expressly forbidding corporal punishment of children in schools or other child care institutions, it is understood that corporal punishment is taboo in these venues by virtue of the existence of the Penal Code provision criminalizing assaults. Sweden also has repudiated judicially imposed corporal punishment of children. Israel outlawed all corporal punishment of children in State of Israel v. Plonit, a decision rendered in January 2000 by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Keywords: corporal punishment of children; Israeli supreme court; judicial decisions; penal code provision



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