Minister of Social Affairs wants corporal punishment banned by law

Violence against children
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“I am in favor of banning corporal punishment. I am in favor of including it into the definitions, and this will have to be done,” the minister told members of the opposition Liberal Movement‘s political group in the Seimas.

Corporal punishment is not included in the definitions of violence in the current wording of the draft law, worked out by the ministry, that is available to the public.

The parliament plans to hold an extraordinary session on February 14 to adopt a package of legal amendments on children’s right protection.

The parliament’s Commission for Suicide Prevention proposes to pass amendments banning all forms of violence — physical, emotional and sexual — against children. A lack of supervision would also be defined as violence.

The bill was in mid-January removed from the agenda of a Seimas sitting on the grounds that a new wording of the law needed to be drafted to put into place the necessary children’s rights protection.

Some parliamentarians do not back the proposal to ban corporal punishment of children, saying that this would be state interference into family life.

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