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International law and domestic human rights litigation in Africa - Magnus Killander (editor)

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The role of international law in the development of children’s rights in South Africa: A children’s rights litigator’s perspective (Chapter 10). Karabo Ngidi

 

United Nations

United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child
An international convention that has been ratified by almost all of the nations of the world, including South Africa
 
Committee on the Rights of the Child (United Nations website)
This Committee develops various General Comments relating to the rights of children
 
United Nations Guidelines For The Prevention Of Juvenile Delinquency
A set of international guidelines for nations to guide the prevention of children becoming involved in crime. Also known as the "Riyadh Guidelines"

United Nations Rules For The Protection Of Juveniles Deprived Of Their Liberty
A set of international rules relating to the care and treatment of all children who have been placed in facilities from which they cannot leave at will. Also known as the "JDLs"

United Nations Minimum Rules For The Administration Of Juvenile Justice
A set of international minimum rules for the administration of juvenile justice. Also known as the "Beijing Rules"
 
 

African Charter

African Charter On The Rights And Welfare Of Children
A regional charter ratified by numerous African nations, including South Africa
 
 

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23 October 2017

Court outlaws "reasonable chastisement" defence to corporal punishment of children in the home

"Parents should think twice about lifting their hands to their children; those who hit children will no longer be able to plead special defence in court if criminally charged. 

The Gauteng High Court, Joburg, ruled on Thursday that the defence of reasonable chastisement was not in line with the constitution and no longer applied in law. 

The judgment did not create a new offence, as hitting a child, whether your own or someone else's, has always been assault under the country’s criminal law." - Zelda Venter

Read more of Zelda Venter's article here .

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Zita and Ann from CCL outside court on the day the judgment was handed down. CCL represented three of the parties in the matter. Download the judgment here .

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Prohib of corporal punishment in Africa

Read stats on corporal punishment in Africa here .

 

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