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More states commit to prohibiting corporal punishment following examination at the UPR

At the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council, held in June/July 2016, the final working group reports of states reviewed in the 24th session of the UPR in January 2016 were adopted and Governments gave their formal responses to recommendations they didn't respond to during the UPR session. Fourteen states were reviewed in the 24th session:

  • Mozambique had already accepted recommendations…

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 34 (June 2016)

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, we report on Mongolia’s recent law reform to prohibit all corporal punishment, the High Level Intergovernmental Conference “Towards Childhoods free from Corporal Punishment”, a new global campaign, and positive steps towards prohibition from 14 states around the world.…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment at its latest session

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its concluding observations on states examined at its 72nd session held in May/June 2016, which include strong recommendations to prohibit and eliminate all corporal punishment of children.

  • To Bulgaria, the Committee urged the Government to ensure that the prohibition of corporal punishment is adequately monitored…

Updated review of research on the effects of corporal punishment

The evidence that corporal punishment is harmful to children, adults and societies is overwhelming. The Global Initiative's newly updated review of research on the impact of and associations with corporal punishment surveys this evidence.

The updated review covers the evidence from a major recent analysis

Resolution to speed progress to end all corporal punishment adopted at High Level Global Conference

Updated 10 June 2016

A High Level Global Conference “Towards Childhoods free from Corporal Punishment” was hosted by the Austrian Government in Vienna this week, 1 – 2 June 2016. The Conference – which followed the inaugural conference hosted by the Swedish Government in 2014 – marked the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the UN Study on Violence against Children to the General…

Special progress report marks 10th anniversary of UN Study on Violence against Children

The Global Initiative is delighted to present a new global report ahead of a high-level intergovernmental conference hosted by the Austrian Government in Vienna this week (June 2016), and marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children. This special report outlines progress to date towards universal prohibition and elimination…

African e-newsletter issue 22 is now available (April 2016)

This latest edition of the African newsletter documents recent developments, campaigns and action towards prohibition from across the region. It presents our newly updated leaflet on progress and delay in achieving prohibition in Africa, as well as information from human rights monitoring bodies in Africa and beyond, including new recommendations to African states to prohibit all corporal punishment.


Human Rights Committee recommends prohibition of all corporal punishment in Slovenia and South Africa

At its 116th session in March, the Human Rights Committee examined states on their implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – including on the obligation to prohibit all corporal punishment of children.

In its concluding observations on the review of Slovenia, the Committee expressed concern that corporal…

Progress and delay in Africa - updated briefing from the Global Initiative

Seven African states have achieved prohibition of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home, and recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children have been accepted by 19 African states. On the other hand, 25% of Africa’s children live in states where corporal punishment is not fully prohibited in any setting.

These facts and more are graphically…

New Caribbean progress briefing

The second issue of the Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children's briefing which documents progress towards prohibiting corporal punishment of children across the region is now available.

Designed for advocacy use, the briefing highlights the human rights imperative to prohibit all violent punishment of children in all Caribbean…

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