ZIMBABWE: Inhuman Sentencing of Children

The death penalty is explicitly prohibited for any offence committed by a person under the age of 18, but life imprisonment remains a lawful sentence for offences committed by children and males under the age of 18 may be sentenced to corporal punishment.

Zimbabwe adopted a new constitution in 2013, which did not retain the provisions of the previous constitution that explicitly foresaw the legality of corporal punishment as a sentence. The following year, the High Court ruled that physical punishment of children as a criminal sentence was unconstitutional, but the review of the decision before the Constitutional Court has been indefinitely delayed preventing the judgment being enforced.

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