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Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 32 (October 2015)

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, the Global Initiative reports on five new states that have committed to prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, positive steps towards prohibition in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Seychelles, and worrying backward steps in the Maldives, the USA and Zimbabwe.…

New handbook for working with religious communities launched at the Parliament of the World's Religions

The world’s oldest, largest and most inclusive interfaith event, the Parliament of the World's Religions, takes place this week from 15-19 October in Salt Lake, Utah, bringing together thousands of global and religious leaders, grassroots activists and practitioners, working for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are at the Parliament,…

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition in all settings and full implementation and enforcement of the law

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its concluding observations on states examined at its 70th session in September/October 2015. 

  • To Bangladesh, the Committee noted the High Court directive to the Government in 2011 to ban all corporal punishment of children and recommended that this be accompanied by the promotion of positive, non-violent,…

Progress and delay in Africa - updated briefing from the Global Initiative

Seven African states have achieved prohibition of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home, and recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children have been accepted by 17 African states. On the other hand, 25% of Africa’s children live in states where corporal punishment is not fully prohibited in any setting.

These facts and more are graphically…

Progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition - updated briefing from the Global Initiative

The popular summary of global progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition of all corporal punishment of children, including in the home, has been revised and updated.

The recent adoption of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its target of ending all violence against children requires renewed attention to prohibiton and elimination of corporal punishment in…

Progress towards prohibition in ASEAN member states - a new briefing from the Global Initiative

The ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights, adopted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2012, states that all persons are born free and equal in dignity and rights (article 1) and that no person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 14).Not one of the 10 ASEAN member states has prohibited all corporal punishment of children, but…

States respond to recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment made at UPR 22nd session

At the 30th session of the Human Rights Council, held in September/October 2015, the working group reports of states reviewed in the 22nd session of the UPR in May 2015 were adopted and governments responded to the recommendations that were made during their reviews. Ten states received recommendations concerning corporal punishment of children…

New briefing on indicators on violent punishment for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Initiative has produced a new briefing to promote the adoption of indicators on violent punishment for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the 17 global goals which make up the the 2030…

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