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Zimbabwe bans children corporal punishments at school and home
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe bans children corporal punishments at school and home

Zimbabwe’s High Court has banned corporal punishment at school and home. The ruling comes after disgruntled parents complained following the thorough beating of their children, some as young as six years old by teachers. While the ruling has been widely hailed, some conservative voices have been vocal against the abolition of corporal punishment and continue to buy into the belief, spoil the rod and spoil the child.

A South African shame: children in prisons
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Politics and Society A South African shame: children in prisons

Within the bill of rights of the Constitution of South Africa there is a section which outlines a set of separate, additional rights for children. Section 28 provides a stronger set of rights for children than for adults, including the right for a child not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, recently explored in the Constitutional Court judgement in the Radhuva case. Are children in South Africa being held in adult prisons for too long and are they being rehabilitated?

What South Africans really think about gay rights and homosexuality
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Politics and Society What South Africans really think about gay rights and homosexuality

The results of a new study, A Survey of South African Attitudes to Homosexuality and Gender Non-Conformity, have just been released. Conducted by The Other Foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council the survey provides for the first time “statistically sound, nationally representative data” on the attitudes of South Africans to sexual orientation.

The Gambia passes Children’s Amendment Bill: Orders 20-year jail term for child marriage
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Politics and Society The Gambia passes Children’s Amendment Bill: Orders 20-year jail term for child marriage

The Gambian parliament has passed the Children’s Amendment Bill bill banning child marriage, as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent the practice. The bill orders that offenders will face 20 years in prison. The provision comes after President Yahya Jammeh’s recent declaration of a ban on child marriage. The landmark decision has been hailed by many rights groups and citizens.