Committee on the Rights of the Child: Equatorial Guinea

Session 037 (2004)

(3 November 2004, CRC/C/15/Add.245, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 34 and 35)

"The Committee is concerned that corporal punishment is not expressly prohibited by law and is widely practised and socially accepted. It also notes with concern the lack of available data on ill-treatment of children, including corporal punishment, beating and depriving children of their liberty as a punishment.

"The Committee recommends that the State party:

a) expressly prohibit corporal punishment by law in the family, schools and other institutions;

b) carry out public education campaigns about the negative consequences of ill-treatment of children, and promote positive, non-violent forms of discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment;

c) seek technical assistance from, among others, UNICEF in this regard."

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