Global table – last updated January 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: U-Z

Legality of corporal punishment worldwide - last updated January 2014

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COUNTRY

Prohibited in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Uganda

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

United Arab Emirates

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

United Republic of Tanzania

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

United States of America

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

United States Virgin Islands
(Unincorporated Organised Territory of the US)

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

Uzbekistan

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Vanuatu

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

Viet Nam

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Wallis and Futuna Islands
(France overseas territory)

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Western Sahara

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Yemen

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Permitted in penal system

State report

Zambia

Permitted in the home

Prohibited in schools

Prohibited in penal system

State report

Zimbabwe

Permitted in the home

Permitted in schools

Permitted in penal system

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