Committee Against Torture: Gabon

CAT session 049 (2012)

(17 January 2013, CAT/C/GAB/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 25 and 26)

"While taking note of the information provided by the State party’s delegation which indicates that children are safeguarded by the Minors Protection Code, by the law on domestic, school-related and institutional violence and by the awareness campaigns conducted in Libreville, Owendo, Makokou and Oyem on the worst forms of corporal punishment inflicted upon schoolchildren, the Committee is concerned by reports indicating that corporal punishment continues to be practised in homes and schools. (art. 16)

 The State party should takes steps to ensure the effective enforcement of its legislation in order to make certain that corporal punishment is not practised under any circumstances. It should also step up its campaigns aimed at raising public awareness about the harmful effects of corporal punishment and about the fact that it is prohibited.

"The Committee regrets … the fact that it does not have full, reliable information on … corporal punishment ....

The State party should compile statistics that can be used to assess the application of the Convention at the national level. ... Statistics should also be provided on … corporal punishment .…"

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