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CRPD recommends prohibition to states at latest session

At its 19th session in February-March 2018, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issued recommendations on corporal punishment to the most of the states reviewed. The Committee also adopted General Comment No. 6 on “Equality and non-discrimination” which reiterated states’ obligation…

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommends prohibition in new General Comment

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted General Comment No.6 (2018) on "Article 5: Equality and non-discrimination" at its 19th session, held in February – March 2018. Following on from General Comment No.4 (2014) on "Article 24: Right to inclusive education", in which the Committee made clear that States parties must prohibit all forms of corporal punishment,…

CEDAW issues recommendations on corporal punishment

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women held its 69th session in February – March 2018 and issued recommendations on corporal punishment to the following states:

  • To Suriname, the Committee consistently expressed concern at the legality of corporal punishment during the examination and recommended that the Government adopt legislation…

Global newsletter (issue 39) 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:

  • International meetings and conferences, moves towards prohibition in El Salvador, France, Mexico, Philippines, Seychelles, UK and USunder the Global Partnership to End Violence Against…

States respond to UPR recommendations on corporal punishment

The Human Rights Council held its 37th session in March 2018 and adopted final working group reports of states examined during the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review.  States which had left their responses to recommendations pending were under the obligation to either ‘support’ (accept) or ‘note’ them before the start of the session. The meaning of ‘noting’ a recommendation…

Case Relating to the former Coordinator of APPROACH

The Board and Staff of APPROACH are deeply shocked and saddened by the case relating to its former Coordinator, Peter Newell. Until he resigned in May 2016 and the allegations came to light, the organisation, at both Board and staff level, was completely unaware of his actions which took place 20 years before the charity was established.

We took steps to inform funders…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition at 77th session

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, at its 77th session held in January 2018, examined eight states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

  • To Guatemala, the Committee expressed concern about the use of corporal punishment in care institutions and recommended that the Government expedite the adoption of the Bill No. 5184…

New report tracks progress in Pathfinding countries

The Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, this week on 14-15 February 2018. Ahead of the Summit, the Global Initiative is delighted to present a new report tracking progress on ending corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries. These countries have committed…

States receive recommendations to prohibit at UPR’s 29th session

Fourteen states were reviewed at the 29th session of the Universal Periodic Review in January 2018. All states that have not yet prohibited corporal punishment in all settings except one received recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children:

  • The Bahamas, Barbados, Burundi, France, Serbia

Seychelles prohibits corporal punishment in schools

The Education (Amendment) Act 2017 was passed by the National Assembly of the Seychelles in December 2017 to enact an explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in schools.

The Act amends article 68 of the Education Act 2004 to state:

“(1) All schools and educational institutions shall, in consultation with the Principal Secretary and in accordance with the relevant…

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