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Global newsletter issue 35 (October 2016) is out now!

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, we report on Paraguay's recent prohibition of all corporal punishment, new commitments to law reform made by Namibia, Seychelles and Sierra Leone, and other positive developments in El Salvador, Finland, The Gambia, Peru and Philippines. We also present new resources…

States receive recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment at the UPR

Fourteen states were reviewed in the 25th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in May 2016. All states reviewed except one received recommendations on the issue of corporal punishment. At the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, held in September 2016, the final working group reports of states reviewed in the 25th session were adopted and Governments gave their formal responses to…

Paraguay becomes 50th state worldwide to prohibit all corporal punishment of children

On 17 August 2016, the Paraguayan National Congress approved the Law on Promotion of Good Treatment, Positive Parenting and Protection of Children and Adolescents against Corporal Punishment or Any Type of Violence as a Method of Correction or Discipline (Ley de Promoción del Buen Trato, Crianza Positiva y de Protección a Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes Contra el Castigo Físico o Cualquier Tipo de Violencia…

Briefing for High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The Global Initiative has produced a new briefing for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is taking place in New York on 11-20 July 2016, under the auspices of the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC. The Forum is the UN's central platform for the follow-up and review of…

More states commit to prohibiting corporal punishment following examination at the UPR

At the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council, held in June/July 2016, the final working group reports of states reviewed in the 24th session of the UPR in January 2016 were adopted and Governments gave their formal responses to recommendations they didn't respond to during the UPR session. Fourteen states were reviewed in the 24th session:

  • Mozambique had already accepted recommendations…

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 34 (June 2016)

The global newsletter provides a round-up of news and developments on corporal punishment from around the world. In this edition, we report on Mongolia’s recent law reform to prohibit all corporal punishment, the High Level Intergovernmental Conference “Towards Childhoods free from Corporal Punishment”, a new global campaign, and positive steps towards prohibition from 14 states around the world.…

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

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its concluding observations on states examined at its 72nd session held in May/June 2016, which include strong recommendations to prohibit and eliminate all corporal punishment of children.

  • To Bulgaria, the Committee urged the Government to ensure that the prohibition of corporal punishment is adequately monitored…

Updated review of research on the effects of corporal punishment

The evidence that corporal punishment is harmful to children, adults and societies is overwhelming. The Global Initiative's newly updated review of research on the impact of and associations with corporal punishment surveys this evidence.

The updated review covers the evidence from a major recent analysis

Resolution to speed progress to end all corporal punishment adopted at High Level Global Conference

Updated 10 June 2016

A High Level Global Conference “Towards Childhoods free from Corporal Punishment” was hosted by the Austrian Government in Vienna this week, 1 – 2 June 2016. The Conference – which followed the inaugural conference hosted by the Swedish Government in 2014 – marked the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the UN Study on Violence against Children to the General…

Special progress report marks 10th anniversary of UN Study on Violence against Children

The Global Initiative is delighted to present a new global report ahead of a high-level intergovernmental conference hosted by the Austrian Government in Vienna this week (June 2016), and marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children. This special report outlines progress to date towards universal prohibition and elimination…

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