African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child: Eritrea

Session 28 (2016)

([January 2017], Concluding observations on initial report, para. 10)

“The Committee notes the prohibition of acts of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and the recognition on children’s need for special protection. However, it was brought to the attention of the Committee that children at the Sawa Military Training Camp are still subjected to acts amounting to torture, inhuman, degrading treatment and to corporal punishment. The Committee is also concerned over the application of Proclamation No 4/1991 to children over 15 years. The Committee therefore recommends that the State Party;

- Strictly enforce the prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment to children and ensure perpetrators of such acts are prosecuted and punished accordingly;

- Enforce the legal prohibition of all forms of violence including corporal punishment in all settings, including in military training camps, and ensure that it is no more used as a sentence for crime and devise positive alternatives punishment;

- Conduct awareness - raising campaigns to popularise positive alternative punishments and on the dangers of corporal punishment;

- Remove measures that may prevent children and their families from reporting such cases and provide psychological support to child victims of abuse and torture…”

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