Committee Against Torture: Ghana

CAT session 046 (2011)

(15 June 2011, CAT/C/GHA/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 24)

"While noting that the Juvenile Justice Act (2003) and the Children’s Act (1988) explicitly prohibit corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure in prisons, the Committee expresses its concern at the still widespread use of corporal punishment, in particular within the family, schools and alternative care settings (arts. 11 and 16).

The State party should:

a)     explicitly prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings, including through the repeal of all legal defences for ‘reasonable’ and ‘justifiable’ corporal punishment;

b)     engage in the promotion of alternative forms of discipline to be administered in a manner consistent with the child’s dignity, and in conformity with the Convention;

c)     develop measures to raise awareness on the harmful effects of corporal punishment."

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