Landmark legislative reform in Paraguay applauded
Prohibition of all forms of violence against children secured
PARAGUAY — The adoption of a new law in Paraguay prohibiting corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children brings the goal of a global prohibition of all forms of violence against children a step closer to fruition.
“I congratulate Paraguay for this landmark decision, which is of crucial importance for the protection of Paraguayan children from violence,” said Marta Santos Pais, United Nations (UN) special representative of the secretary general. “The adoption of this law underlines Paraguay’s strong commitment to implement its international legal obligations on the rights of the child and in the implementation of the recommendations of the ‘UN Study on Violence Against Children.’”
Paraguay is the tenth country with such legislation, joining Uruguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Nicaragua and Peru.
The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) country of operation, is one 10 countries named by the UN as a “Pathfinder” fast-tracking efforts to save children from violence. The designation relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which CCFC is addressing with its ChildFund Alliance partners. It includes SDG 16. 2, a target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and violence against children. To learn more, visit freefromviolence.org.
Advocating for change: (above) Youth from across Paraguay have joined their peers across the globe in raising awareness about keeping children free from violence