[24/06/04] The Parliamentary Assembly called on European governments to institute a total, Europe-wide ban on the corporal punishment of children, enforced in national legislation. While all 45 member states of the Council of Europe have banned corporal punishment in schools, only a minority have formally prohibited it in the family and in all other settings – as they are required to do under international agreements, the rapporteur Helena Bargholtz pointed out. In a recommendation adopted by 37 votes to 3, the Assembly called for Europe to be made a ''corporal-punishment-free zone'' for children
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