oa Article 19 - The Inter-American Court on Human Rights confirms the obligation of the Organisation of American States to prohibit corporal punishment of children : international developments

Volume 5, Issue 1
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On 29 December 2008 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereafter referred to as the Commission) requested the Inter-American Court on Human Rights to deliver an advisory opinion on whether the use of corporal punishment as a method of disciplining children was incompatible with the provisions of the American Convention [namely articles 1.1 (non-discrimination), 2 (obligation to adapt domestic law in line with the American Convention), 5 (right to humane treatment) and 19 (rights of the child)] and the American Declaration of Human Rights and Duties (particularly article VII - rights to protection for mothers and children).

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