Source: Human Rights Watch
Author(s): Human Rights Watch
Original Link: https://features.hrw.org/features/features/corporal-punishment-of-children/index.html
These egregious cases reflect a widespread reality in the Middle East and North Africa. The region has some the world’s worst rates of violent punishment of children – in some countries, 90 percent of children or more were subject to physical or verbal abuse each month. Countries began to ban corporal punishment in the 1970s, as research showed it not only failed to improve children’s behavior, but was linked to increases in suicidal thoughts, anxiety, aggression, domestic violence, criminality, and school drop-outs. But children in the Middle East and North Africa are still being physically abused, at home and at school, and in other settings as well. This study shows what each country needs to do to protect children, and end the use of corporal punishment.
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