Committee on the Rights of the Child: Congo, Republic of

Session 065 (2014)

(31 January 2014, CRC/C/COG/CO/2-4 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on second to fourth state party report, paras. 40 and 41)

"While welcoming the prohibition of corporal punishment to discipline a child, as provided in Law 4-2010 on the protection of the child, the Committee remains concerned that children still suffer violent corporal punishment at home and at school. 

"The Committee reiterates its recommendation (CRC/C/COG/CO/1, para. 38) and calls on the State party to: 

a) ensure the full implementation of Law 4-2010 prohibiting corporal punishment and ensure that all cases of corporal punishment are effectively investigated and prosecuted; 

b) continue to raise awareness among the general public, including children, about the unlawfulness and the negative consequences of corporal punishment and other forms of violence on the development and well-being of the child; 

c) promote positive, non-violent and participatory forms of child-rearing and discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment; and 

d) provide children with child-sensitive mechanisms to lodge complaints in case they are victims of violence, including corporal punishment."

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Session 043 (2006)

(20 October 2006, CRC/C/COG/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 37, 38 and 39)

"The Committee is concerned at the absence of an explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in the home, alternative care settings and penal institutions.

"The Committee urges the State party to:

a) explicitly prohibit all forms of corporal punishment in the family, penal system and other institutional settings and alternative care systems as a matter of priority;

b) sensitize and educate parents, guardians and professionals working with and for children by carrying out public educational campaigns about the harmful impact of corporal punishment;

c) promote positive, non-violent forms of discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment;

d) implement appropriate policies and programmes for the prevention, recovery and reintegration of child victims; and

e) provide children with child sensitive mechanisms to lodge complaints in case they are victims of violence, including corporal punishment.

"In this respect, the Committee draws the attention of the State party on its general comment No. 8 (2006) on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment."

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