Committee Against Torture: Tajikistan

CAT session 049 (2012)

(21 January 2013, CAT/C/TJK/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, para. 16)

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the lack of any domestic legislation criminalizing acts of violence against women, despite the existence since 2009 of a draft law on ‘social and legal protection against domestic violence’; reports of high prevalence of domestic violence; difficulties in filing complaints; and the reluctance of law enforcement officials to intervene in such cases. It is further concerned about the lack of domestic legislation prohibiting corporal punishment of children, despite allegations of its widespread use in the family, schools and other educational establishments (arts. 2, 12, 13 and 16).

The State party should strengthen its efforts to prevent, combat and punish violence against women and children, inter alia, by: ...

c) adopting legislation to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings; ...

f) organizing awareness-raising campaigns on the negative impact of corporal punishment of children, as well on domestic and sexual violence."

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