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Title:Understanding Children's Rights: The Case of Corporal Punishment in Rural Uganda
Author:Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, Lillian
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:corporal punishment
children's rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper is based on an empirical pilot study, carried out in 2001 in Nabitende subcounty, a rural community in Iganga District, southeastern Uganda, of the use of corporal punishment in disciplining children at home as well as at school. Interviews were held with parents, teachers, elderly members of society, and student leaders, and focus group discussions were held with students aged 14-17 years. The students and teachers were from two secondary schools. The purpose of the research was to investigate the significance of the Ugandan cultural and social context in the recognition and enforcement of children's rights. This was done within the framework of the minimum standards set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC0), the African Charter for the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Uganda's 1995 Constitution, and the 1996 Children Statute. Uganda has adopted the values and norms reflected in international instruments and consequently, universal norms and values have become national norms and values. However, despite codification of the rights of children, the status of children in Uganda is still principally determined by culture and other social and economic factors. Consequently, the existence of good laws has not always automatically culminated in the enjoyment of all the prescribed rights. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]