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Ghana commits to prohibiting all corporal punishment at UPR’s 28th session

During the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review in November 2017, the human rights record of the following fourteen states were reviewed:

  • Ghana accepted recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, making a clear commitment to enacting law reform. Recent governmental declarations have confirmed this commitment, particularly…

Human Rights Committee issues recommendations on corporal punishment at latest session

At its 121st session in October/November 2017, the Human Rights Committee issued recommendations to states on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children:

  • To Mauritius, the Committee expressed concern that corporal punishment was still lawful in the home, in care settings and in penal institutions and recommended its prohibition in…

The Global Initiative is recruiting Trustees to join our Board

Are you committed to child rights and the elimination of all violence against children? The Global Initiative's current four trustees have excellent international experience in children’s rights, human rights law and child protection. We are looking to complement their skills by appointing a new Treasurer with good experience of UK charity and financial regulation, and up to three other…

Bahrain commits to enacting prohibition of all corporal punishment

During its third cycle Universal Periodic Review, Bahrain received a recommendation to legally prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings, including in the home, and to repeal all legal defences to its use. The Government responded to this recommendation ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 36th session and we are now able to confirm that the recommendation was supported,…

Aruba has prohibited all corporal punishment of children

The Global Initiative has confirmed that the 2016 Law amending the Civil Code in Aruba modified article 1:247 to include (unofficial translation):

In the care and upbringing of the child, there is no neglect and the parents do not apply mental or physical violence or any other degrading treatment”

The new provisions mirror those in the Civil Code in the…

South African High Court declares defence of “reasonable chastisement” unconstitutional

On 19 October 2017, the High Court of Gauteng ruled that the common law defence of “reasonable or moderate chastisement” breaches children’s rights under the 1996 Constitution and, as such, is unconstitutional. In South Africa, the common law has, until now, recognised a defence to the charge of assault for parents who use force to discipline their children, provided this falls within the bounds…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment at latest session

The Committee’s 76th session was held in September 2017 and examined states’ implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Recommendations on the prohibition of corporal punishment and the implementation of existing bans were extended to all states examined:

  • The Committee recommended to DPR Korea that the Government review the legislation…

New briefing examines progress towards prohibition of corporal punishment in West and Central Africa

The Global Initiative and Save the Children are delighted to present a new briefing examining progress towards prohibition of all violent punishment of children in West and Central Africa. Designed to support national action, the briefing sets out what needs to be done to achieve prohibition in each state and highlights any immediate opportunities for reform. The adoption of commitments to…

States respond to UPR recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment

The final working group reports of states examined during the 27th Universal Periodic Review were adopted in September 2017 at the Human Rights Council’s 36th session. States were under the obligation to confirm their formal responses to recommendations – either ‘supporting’ (accepting) or ‘noting’ them – before the start of the session. The meaning of ‘noting’ a recommendation…

Montenegro has prohibited all corporal punishment of children

The Global Initiative has recently confirmed that amendments to Montenegro's Family Law, passed in July 2016, included prohibition of all corporal punishment of children in Montenegro. The amendments, which came into force in August 2016, inserted article 9a which states:

(1) Child [sic] shall not be subjected to corporal punishment or any other cruel, inhuman or degrading…

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