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Consultation opened on the England and Wales CPS Charging Standard

In England and Wales, corporal punishment is lawful in the home under section 58 of the Children Act 2004, which provides for “reasonable punishment” of children. Although the Children Act 2004 removed the recourse to the “reasonable punishment” defence for any offence more severe than common assault, at the time the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Offences against the person Charging Standard

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment at 75th session

At its 75th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined seven states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and issued recommendations on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.

  • To Antigua and Barbuda, the Committee recommended that the state end all forms of corporal punishment in…

Global Initiative launches new briefing ahead of the Day of the African Child 2017

The Global Initiative is delighted to present a new leaflet, “Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in Africa: an essential step towards fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, published ahead of the Day of the African Child, 16 June 2017, which will this year be commemorated on the theme…

African e-newsletter issue 25 is out now!

This latest edition of the African newsletter provides a round-up of recent developments, campaigns and positive moves towards ending corporal punishment from across the continent. It presents new global and regional resources to support advocacy on the issue, as well as information from human rights monitoring bodies in Africa and beyond, including new…

The Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition to further states at its latest session

In May 2017 the Committee Against Torture examined several states’ implementation of the Convention Against Torture. Articles 1, 2, 4 and 16 of the Convention impose an obligation on states to prohibit all forms of corporal punishment, in the penal system and all other settings. On this basis, the Committee issued recommendations to the following states:

  • Afghanistan

Indonesia commits to achieving prohibition of corporal punishment at the 27th UPR session

The 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, which introduced the mechanism’s third cycle, closed on 12 May 2017. Fourteen states were reviewed on their overall human rights record and ten states received recommendations relating to corporal punishment:

  • The Governments of Ecuador and Indonesia supported recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment…

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommends prohibition of corporal punishment

During the 17th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, eight states were examined on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee issued three recommendations – under articles 15 and 16 of the Convention – to prohibit corporal punishment of children:

  • In its concluding observations on Bosnia…

Job opportunity: Coordinator, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

We are seeking a new Coordinator for the Global Initiative: 

  • Full-time (35 hours per week)
  • Salary: £60,000 p.a. + 6% pension contribution
  • Holidays: 28 days + UK public holidays
  • Permanent contract, subject to funding

The role of Coordinator has two aspects: providing overall leadership to the Global Initiative’s advocacy for children’s…

States respond to UPR recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment

At the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, held in February/March 2017, the working group reports of states reviewed at the 26th session of the UPR in November 2016 were adopted. The formal responses of Governments that did not respond at the time to recommendations made during their reviews are included in the reports. Eleven states were…

Zimbabwe High Court declares corporal punishment unconstitutional

On 28 February 2017, the High Court of Zimbabwe ruled that parents and teachers who inflicted corporal punishment on children were in breach of the 2013 Constitution. Indeed, the new Constitution guarantees people’s right to protection from “physical or psychological torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (section 53) and from “all forms of violence from public or private…

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