Committee on the Rights of the Child: Guinea-Bissau

Session 063 (2013)

(8 July 2013, CRC/C/GNB/CO/2-4, Concluding observations on second-fourth report, paras. 36, 37, 62 and 63)

"The Committee notes that, although corporal punishment is prohibited in schools, it remains lawful in the home and alternative care settings. The Committee regrets that the State party report provides limited information on corporal punishment.

"Taking due note of the Committee’s general comment No. 8 (2006) on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment, the Committee recommends that the State party:

a) consider enacting legislation to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings, including within the family and in alternative care settings;

b) ensure that laws prohibiting corporal punishment are effectively implemented and that legal proceedings are systematically initiated against those responsible for violence against children; and

c) introduce public education, awareness-raising and social mobilization campaigns on the harmful effects of corporal punishment with a view to changing the general attitude towards this practice and promote positive, non-violent, participatory forms of child-rearing and education as alternative forms of discipline.

"The Committee takes note of the progress in access to education with a net attendance ratio (NAR) that increased by 26 percentage points between 2002 and 2010. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned that: ...

e) there are cases of corporal punishment and bullying in schools….

"The Committee recommends that the State party: ...

f) initiate regulations banning all forms of violence in schools, and establish a complaints mechanism to report incidents of corporal punishment as well as bullying, peer violence and harassment, and introduce non-violent forms of discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment…."

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Session 030 (2002)

(13 June 2002, CRC/C/15/Add.177, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 4, 30 and 31)

"The Committee also welcomes: … the prohibition, under law, of corporal punishment in the family and schools and other contexts.

"The Committee is concerned that:

b) … corporal punishment is widely practiced in the family.

"The Committee recommends that the State party:

c) … combat the practice of corporal punishment of children in the family, including through the use of information campaigns on the harm it can cause and on the importance of alternative measures of discipline."

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