UNITED NATIONS, October 2, 2001 ( – At the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday, representatives from the Portuguese government said the country had recently passed laws prohibiting “the use of corporal punishment in the society.” The statements came as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded its consideration of a second periodic report from Portugal on how the country implements the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A UN report on the proceedings notes, “In response to questions, the Portuguese delegation told the Committee that a new law had prohibited the use of corporal punishment in the society.” The UN committee is notorious for interfering with parental rights and has on numerous occasions badgered countries to bar corporal punishment even by parents in the home.

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