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Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition at 61st session

The Committee Against Torture’s 61st session finished on 11 August. During the session, the Committee examined four states’ implementation of the Convention Against Torture and issued recommendations on corporal punishment to all states:

  • To Antigua and Barbuda, which was examined in the absence of a report, the Committee welcomed the Child Justice Act 2015…

Human Rights Committee issues recommendations on corporal punishment at latest session

At its 120th session in July 2017, the Human Rights Committee issued recommendations to states on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.

  • To Madagascar, the Committee recommended that the state take practical measures to end corporal punishment in all settings, including through legal reform, and undertake awareness-raising campaigns…

New booklets answer frequently asked questions about prohibiting corporal punishment!

The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present a new series of three booklets which provide answers to the questions that arise when we think about prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. The booklets aim to give parents and carers, government officials, education professionals and others the confidence…

Global newsletter issue 37 (June 2017) is out now!

The Global Initiative's quarterly global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this latest edition, we report on recent law reform workshops working towards prohibition of all corporal punishment in Myanmar and Viet Nam, and highlight moves towards prohibition and other positive developments from across the globe. We also present…

Consultation opened on the England and Wales CPS Charging Standard

In England and Wales, corporal punishment is lawful in the home under section 58 of the Children Act 2004, which provides for “reasonable punishment” of children. Although the Children Act 2004 removed the recourse to the “reasonable punishment” defence for any offence more severe than common assault, at the time the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Offences against the person Charging Standard

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment at 75th session

At its 75th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined seven states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and issued recommendations on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.

  • To Antigua and Barbuda, the Committee recommended that the state end all forms of corporal punishment in…

Global Initiative launches new briefing ahead of the Day of the African Child 2017

The Global Initiative is delighted to present a new leaflet, “Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in Africa: an essential step towards fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, published ahead of the Day of the African Child, 16 June 2017, which will this year be commemorated on the theme…

African e-newsletter issue 25 is out now!

This latest edition of the African newsletter provides a round-up of recent developments, campaigns and positive moves towards ending corporal punishment from across the continent. It presents new global and regional resources to support advocacy on the issue, as well as information from human rights monitoring bodies in Africa and beyond, including new…

The Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition to further states at its latest session

In May 2017 the Committee Against Torture examined several states’ implementation of the Convention Against Torture. Articles 1, 2, 4 and 16 of the Convention impose an obligation on states to prohibit all forms of corporal punishment, in the penal system and all other settings. On this basis, the Committee issued recommendations to the following states:

  • Afghanistan

Indonesia commits to achieving prohibition of corporal punishment at the 27th UPR session

The 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, which introduced the mechanism’s third cycle, closed on 12 May 2017. Fourteen states were reviewed on their overall human rights record and ten states received recommendations relating to corporal punishment:

  • The Governments of Ecuador and Indonesia supported recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment…

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