Committee on the Rights of the Child: Turkmenistan

Session 068 (2015)

(4 February 2015, CRC/C/TKM/CO/2-4 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on second-fourth report, paras. 34 and 35)

"While taking note of the existence of a legal ban on corporal punishment of children, the Committee is concerned that the concept of corporal punishment is not fully understood and that corporal punishment as a form of disciplining children is still practised in the home setting. 

"With reference to the Committee’s General comment No. 8 (2006) on corporal punishment the Committee recommends that the State party: 

a) take all necessary actions to implement the ban on corporal punishment on children in all settings;

b) emphasize through child rights education programmes and awareness-raising activities that corporal punishment is illegal and contrary to children’s rights and inform children about complaints mechanisms; and

c) carry out public educational campaigns, directed towards parents, about the negative consequences of ill‑treatment of children and promote positive, non-violent forms of discipline."

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Session 042 (2006)

(2 June 2006, CRC/C/TKM/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 46 and 47)

"The Committee, while noting that article 24(3) of the Rights of the Child (Guarantees) Act seems to prohibit corporal punishment, expresses concern that it is nevertheless a common practice to discipline children.

"The Committee recommends that the State party, taking into account 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, introduce and enforce legislation and procedures explicitly prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment of children in all settings. The State party should also conduct public and professional awareness-raising and education campaigns against corporal punishment and promote non-violent, positive and participatory forms of childrearing and education, including in the home, schools, institutions and in the society."

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