Belgium, Czech Republic rapped over smacking children

A top rights body on May 29, 2015 said Belgium and the Czech Republic were violating a European treaty because they have not yet fully banned the smacking of childrenA top rights body on Friday said Belgium and the Czech Republic were violating a European treaty because they have not yet fully banned the smacking of children. The Council of Europe said the “corporal punishment of children is not subject to a sufficiently clear, binding and precise ban” in the two countries. The Council of Europe’s criticism follows a complaint lodged by the Britain-based child protection charity Approach, which says that the laws in seven European countries violate the European Social Charter, a treaty first adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996.

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