[25 February 2014] - The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has achieved law reform to prohibit all corporal punishment of children, bringing the total number of states to do this worldwide to 36 and the total number in Europe to 24.
The Law on Child Protection 2013 prohibits all forms of corporal punishment in article 12(2): “All forms of sexual exploitation and sexual child abuse (harassment, child pornography, child prostitution), forced procuring, selling or trafficking children, psychological or physical violence and harassment, punishment or other inhuman treatment, all kinds of exploitation, commercial exploitation and abuse of children that violates basic human freedoms and rights and rights of the child, are prohibited.”
Article 12(6) states that children are to be protected in all settings: “The state and institutions are obliged to take all necessary measures to ensure the right of the children and prevent any form of discrimination or abuse regardless of the place where they are committed, the severity, intensity and duration.”
The Government confirmed the prohibition during the recent Universal Periodic Review of Macedonia.
For a detailed country report on Macedonia, see the attached document below.