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Case Relating to the former Coordinator of APPROACH

The Board and Staff of APPROACH are deeply shocked and saddened by the case relating to its former Coordinator, Peter Newell. Until he resigned in May 2016 and the allegations came to light, the organisation, at both Board and staff level, was completely unaware of his actions which took place 20 years before the charity was established.

We took steps to inform funders…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition at 77th session

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, at its 77th session held in January 2018, examined eight states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

  • To Guatemala, the Committee expressed concern about the use of corporal punishment in care institutions and recommended that the Government expedite the adoption of the Bill No. 5184…

New report tracks progress in Pathfinding countries

The Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, this week on 14-15 February 2018. Ahead of the Summit, the Global Initiative is delighted to present a new report tracking progress on ending corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries. These countries have committed…

States receive recommendations to prohibit at UPR’s 29th session

Fourteen states were reviewed at the 29th session of the Universal Periodic Review in January 2018. All states that have not yet prohibited corporal punishment in all settings except one received recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children:

  • The Bahamas, Barbados, Burundi, France, Serbia

Seychelles prohibits corporal punishment in schools

The Education (Amendment) Act 2017 was passed by the National Assembly of the Seychelles in December 2017 to enact an explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in schools.

The Act amends article 68 of the Education Act 2004 to state:

“(1) All schools and educational institutions shall, in consultation with the Principal Secretary and in accordance with the relevant…

Series of FAQ booklets now available in Mandarin!

The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present Mandarin versions of our series of three booklets which provide answers to questions that commonly arise when we think about prohibiting all corporal punishment of children.

The first booklet answers the most frequently asked questions and dispels common misperceptions about…

Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition at latest session

At the Committee Against Torture’s 62nd session in November/December 2017, the Committee extended recommendations on corporal punishment to two states:

  • To Rwanda, the Committee expressed concern at the reports of frequent beatings suffered by detainees in penal institutions. It recommended that the Government monitor disciplinary practices inside prisons…

CEDAW recommends prohibition at 68th session

At the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women’s 68th session, recommendations and observations on corporal punishment were issued to states under review:

  • To Kuwait, the Committee expressed concern about the Penal Code provision allowing parents to physically discipline their child and recommended its repeal.
  • To Singapore,…

Global report tracking progress to December 2017 is out now!

As another big year in the journey to end all corporal punishment of children comes to a close, the Global Initiative, in collaboration with Save the Children Sweden, is delighted to present our annual global report tracking progress towards universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment to December 2017. The report, Ending…

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…

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