It happened on 23 june

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation to prohibit corporal punishment of children in Europe

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On June 23, 2004, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation to prohibit corporal punishment of children in Europe after finding that only a minority of member state of the Council had formally banned corporal punishment within the family. Corporal punishment violates the fundamental rights of children to respect their human dignity and physical integrity. The Assembly encouraged the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to urge member states to adopt legislation prohibiting corporal punishment of children, particularly within the family and to monitor this through regular surveys.

In the same recommendation, the Parliamentary Assembly encouraged the Committee of Ministers to launch “a coordinated and concentrated campaign for the abolition of all corporal punishment of children.”

Since June 2008, the campaign “Raise your hand against smacking,” was launched by the Council of Europe and aims to encourage members of the Council to take measures to make Europe a continent where corporal punishment of children no longer exists.

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