Global table – last updated November 2014

KEY:

Corporal punishment prohibited = Corporal punishment prohibited

Corporal punishment permitted = Corporal punishment permitted

Corporal punishment status unknown = Corporal punishment status unknown

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The following table analyses the legality of corporal punishment in the home, schools and the penal system in each state. A state is counted as prohibiting corporal punishment in a setting when: 

  1. prohibition is enacted in legislation. Prohibition as a matter of policy or guidance fails to realise children’s right to equal protection from assault in law, and is frequently undermined by legal provisions confirming a right of parents and other adults to administer "reasonable correction" or similar

  2. the prohibition applies to all aspects of the setting. In schools, prohibition should apply in all education settings, including public and private. In the penal system, corporal punishment should be prohibited both as a sentence for crime and as a disciplinary measure in all institutions accommodating children in conflict with the law.

The detailed country reports, accessed by clicking on the icon in the first column, provide further information on applicable legislation and on the reforms necessary to achieve prohibition, as well as summaries of relevant prevalence research and recommendations by human rights treaty monitoring bodies.

Download more detailed global and regional analyses of the legality of corporal punishment in the home, schools, the penal system and alternative care settings, and progress towards universal prohibition.

GLOBAL TABLE: Q-T

Legality of corporal punishment worldwide - last updated November 2014

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COUNTRY

Prohibited in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Qatar

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Republic of Korea

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Réunion
(France overseas department)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Russian Federation

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Rwanda

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Saba
(Special Municipality in the Netherlands)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Samoa

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Sao Tome and Principe

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Saudi Arabia

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Senegal

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Serbia

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Seychelles

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Sierra Leone

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Singapore

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Slovakia

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Slovenia

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Solomon Islands

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Somalia

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

South Africa

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

South Sudan, Republic of

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Spain

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Sri Lanka

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

State of Palestine

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

St Barthelemy
(Overseas Collectivity of France)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

St Eustatius
(Special Municipality in the Netherlands)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

St Helena
(UK Overseas Territory)

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

St Kitts and Nevis

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

St Lucia

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

St Maarten
(Country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

St Martin
(Overseas Collectivity of France)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

St Pierre and Miquelon
(France territorial collectivity)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Sudan

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Suriname

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Svalbard
(Norway)

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Swaziland

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Switzerland

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Syrian Arab Republic

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Taiwan

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Tajikistan

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Thailand

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Timor-Leste, Democratic Republic of

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Togo

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Tokelau
(New Zealand territory)

Permitted in the home

Schools - insufficient information

Penal system - insufficient information

State report

Tonga

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Trinidad and Tobago

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Tunisia

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Turkey

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Turkmenistan

Prohibited in the home Click for additional information

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Turks and Caicos Islands
(British Overseas Territory)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Tuvalu

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

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