GEORGIA: The Government’s Compromise on Violence against Children

This document presents the problem of corporal punishment of children in Georgia and analyses the legal flaws that permit this phenomenon in the country. Children who experience pain and trauma caused by corporal punishment on a daily basis are unable to seek protection under legal and other human rights mechanisms. In fact, corporal punishment is considered to be a natural part of child rearing and appropriate discipline in Georgia today. No state agency ensures that positive parenting techniques are taught to prospective or current parents. Slapping, kicking, shaking, forced ingestion and other forms of punishment are not considered a crime and, accordingly, this treatment of children is permitted. As a result children’s rights remain unprotected.

This policy document presents recommendations to the state legislative and executive branches in order to regulate and minimise the occurrence of corporal punishment of children.


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