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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:12 pm 
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In 2010 the Republic of the Congo (the Belgian Congo in colonial times) passed a new law called the Law on the Protection of the Child. The statute is published French. A translation by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children of Article 53.... "It is prohibited to use corporal punishment for disciplining or correcting the child."

http://www.endcorporalpunishment.org/pa ... tates.html

In its report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2010, the Congo's Ministry of Social Affairs confirmed that the prohibition extends to the home setting. The Congo's report acknowledged the need for awareness raising and also to monitor the prohibition.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:11 pm 
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Hi searching,

I don't visit the forum regularly.... sometimes more than a month goes by. For the past couple of years there has been very little active engagement by long-time members. Newcomers maybe don't notice or perhaps hope for a revival.

There are two Congos:

The Republic of the Congo (formerly the Belgian Congo) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire, which remains a conflict zone).

To answer your question....

Very few governments which have bans are pro-active when it comes to enforcement. The intention of the laws is to make it clear that there can be no defense of "reasonable chastisement" in a court case involving child maltreatment. Apart from that, it's a way to raise awareness among the 99% of the population who have never heard of Alice Miller or other child advocates. It sends out a signal that physical punishment is inexcusable.

When Tunisia became the first Islamic country to make spanking unlawful, the Washington Post published an opinion piece about the legislation:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer ... en-by.html

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:56 pm 
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I think the forum is not thriving because it has too many loosely-related themes - and too few registered users - to sustain a lot of activity. Out of the 30+ members at least two thirds haven't added a post or a reply in years. They're gone.... maybe to one of the many Facebook groups that discuss these kinds of issues.

Anyway, Searching, I'm glad you added a response because it gives me the chance to correct an error in my previous reply. I got confused between the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After checking with Wikipedia, it turns out that the Belgian Congo became Zaire, and later the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic ... _the_Congo

The Republic of the Congo - which was under French sovereignty in the colonial era - introduced the ban, and according to Wikipedia, it experienced civil unrest in 2003:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_the_Congo

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