Malta prohibits corporal punishment in all settings
Malta has become the 37th State in the world and the 25th in Europe to ban all corporal punishment of children, including in the home. While Article 339(1) of the country’s Criminal Code previously allowed the use of „moderate” corporal punishment, a February amendment now means that the infliction of any kind of corporal punishment is a criminal offence. Other articles in the Criminal Code and the Civil Code, however, still require amending to bring them in line with the prohibition, as references to „reasonable chastisement” and „lawful correction” remain. While the February reform prevents these provisions from being used in defence of corporal punishment of children, they should nonetheless be amended or repealed so as to achieve absolute consistency in domestic law.
Prior to Malta’s ban, Macedonia and Turkmenistan were the latest States to join the list of those prohibiting all corporal punishment of children.
Quelle: Newsletter 1369 des Child Rights International Network 2014 vom 19.3.2014