Committee on the Rights of the Child: Italy

Session 058 (2011)

(31 October 2011, CRC/C/BHR/CO/2-3, Concluding observations on third/fourth report paras. 34 and 35)

"The Committee is concerned at the prevalence of corporal punishment in the home, in particular that many parents still find it appropriate to use slapping as a means of discipline. The Committee is also concerned that the State party has not yet passed legislation explicitly prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment in all settings, including in the home (CRC/C/15/Add.41, para. 20), despite the Supreme Court ruling on prohibition of corporal punishment.

"The Committee recommends that the State party reform domestic legislation to ensure the explicit prohibition of all forms of corporal punishment in all settings, including in the home, taking into account 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, and general comment No. 13 (2011) on the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence. The Committee further recommends that the State party raise awareness among parents and the general public on the impact of corporal punishment on the well-being of children, and on positive alternative methods of discipline in accordance with the rights of the child."

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Session 032 (2003)

(18 March 2003, CRC/C/15/Add.198, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 43 and 44)

"The Committee … is concerned at the prevalence of bullying in schools and at the lack of consideration of the views of children within education.

"The Committee recommends that the State party: …

d) ensure that legislation throughout the State party reflects article 12 of the Convention and respects children’s rights to express their views and have them given due weight in all matters concerning their education, including school discipline."

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Session 010 (1995)

(27 November 1995, CRC/C/15/Add.41, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 12 and 20)

"The Committee is preoccupied by the existence of child abuse, including physical and sexual abuse and violence within the family, and the insufficient protection afforded by the Penal Code in this regard, as well as the lack of adequate measures for the psycho-social recovery of child victims of such abuses....

"The Committee also suggests that the clear prevention and prohibition of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as well as a ban on corporal punishment within the family, be reflected in the national legislation."

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