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Spanking children: 194 countries say it’s wrong. But less than a fourth have made it a crime.

Spanking, smacking, hitting, caning. Illegal in Sweden, and in 42 other countries as of this week. It has been 35 years since Sweden became the first country in the world to prohibit corporal punishment of children. Even though almost all countries worldwide have ratified the UN adopted Convention on the Rights of Child, which includes protecting children from physical violence, still only a relative few have put legal measures in place against corporal punishment. Ninety per cent of the world’s children live in countries where physical violence against them is still legal.

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