[JURIST] The UN East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation Against Violence [conference website] began in Bangkok Tuesday with a call for a ban on corporal punishment [press release, PDF] of children. The conference is part of the UN Secretary General's study on violence against children [PDF]. Paulo Pinheiro, an independent expert speaking for the study, called the problem "too common, and yet, too hidden" [speech, PDF]. The conference is the sixth of nine called for by the study. Xinhua has more.