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Laos Bans Child Corporal Punishment

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Laos has become the first in Southeast Asia to officially outlaw corporal punishment to fully protect children from all forms of violent punishment. Globally, Laos is the 66th nation to legally prohibit corporal punishment.

The Ministry of Justice celebrated this milestone on 30 April, marking a crucial step towards safeguarding children’s rights. 

The latest amendment to the 2006 Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Children, effective since December 2023, shows the nation’s commitment to the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Children, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). 

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