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Zimbabwe: Rights Groups Hail Caning Ruling

Monday 8th of April 2019 | Africa, Zimbabwe
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The recent outlawing of judicial corporal punishment has been hailed by human rights and legal experts as a major milestone pointing to Zimbabwe's efforts to meet its international and regional commitments. Chief Justice Luke Malaba sitting with eight other judges of the Constitutional Court, struck down Section 353 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, which provided for moderate corporal punishment for juvenile offenders.

The landmark judgment was made in a case in which a 15-year-old boy was contesting the constitutionality of the six strokes imposed on him for raping a 14-year-old girl.

Social workers and legal experts said the decision was overdue considering that Zimbabwe had signed a number of international treaties outlawing corporal punishment.

Save the Children communications and advocacy advisor Ms Sophie Hamandishe said Zimbabwe had made strides in protecting the rights of the children.

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