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Two more states achieve prohibition

Benin and Andorra have joined the list of states prohibiting all corporal punishment, bringing the global total to 46 (seven in Africa, 28 in Europe).

Benin’s new Children’s Code 2015, passed by the National Assembly on 26 January, states in article 39 that discipline by parents and others must respect the child’s human dignity. Article 130 states (unofficial translation):

African e-newsletter issue 18 (March 2015)

In this edition of the African newsletter, Benin is added to the list of countries prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, bringing the total number of prohibiting African states to seven. The Global Initiative also reports on progress towards prohibition in Uganda and Zimbabwe, highlights treaty body recommendations…

March 2015 edition of the Global Progress and Delay leaflet

The latest edition of the Global Initiative’s popular leaflet summarising progress towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment is now available.

Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: progress and delay lists on the one hand the 44 states which have now prohibited all corporal punishment and the 48 states where governments are committed to law reform, and on the…

Domestic violence and corporal punishment – new leaflet from the Global Initiative

The Commission on the Status of Women meets in March for its 59th session, during which it will examine global progress towards addressing violence against women in the 20 years since the adoption in 1995 of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. During those two decades, 39…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment in all settings

 At its 68th session in January 2015, the Committee on the Rights of the Child raised the issue of corporal punishment of children with the Governments of all the states being examined and made the following comments and recommendations in its concluding observations:

  • To…

African Committee recommends prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings

Following its 24th session in December 2014, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child recommended to states that corporal punishment be prohibited in all settings. To Guinea, the Committee recommended that:

“the State Party bans corporal punishment in all settings; undertake measures to effectively punish the authors of violence…

States receive recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment at the UPR 21st session

Of the 14 states examined in the 21st session of the Universal Periodic Review in January 2015, three have already achieved law reform to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including the home (click on the name of the state for full details):


New report on corporal punishment and juvenile justice

Antigua and Barbuda Corporal Punishment Act 1949, Bangladesh Whipping Act 1909, Barbados Corporal Punishment Act 1899, Botswana Children's Act 2009, Brunei Darussalam Sharia Penal Code 2013, Dominica Corporal Punishment Act 1987, Singapore Criminal Procedure Code 2010, Tuvalu Island Courts Act 1965, Tanzania Corporal Punishment Ordinance 1930 …


Updated briefing highlights corporal punishment of children with disabilities

The Global Initiative has updated its briefing on prohibiting and eliminating corporal punishment of children with disabilities.

Highlighting the importance of the issue for children with disabilities, the briefing emphasises that children with disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing corporal punishment and underlines the human rights imperative…

Another Latin American state protects children from all corporal punishment

Nicaragua has become the eighth state in Latin America to achieve law reform to fully prohibit children from corporal punishment in the home and all other settings. Following quickly on from reform in Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia this year, the Nicaraguan National Assembly approved the new Family Code 2014, which states in article 280 (unofficial translation):


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