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Date: June 2011

Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition of corporal punishment

The concluding observations on states examined at the 57th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, May/June 2011, are now available at www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/crcs57.htm.

The Committee examined the state party reports of Bahrain, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt and Finland. Corporal punishment of children is unlawful in all settings, including the home, in Costa Rica and Finland: to these states the Committee recommended measures to support full implementation of the law, including appropriate awareness raising and public education. In the other states corporal punishment is lawful in the home and other settings: the Committee recommended law reform to ensure that children are legally protecting from this form of violence, together with measures to ensure full implementation of the prohibition.

The Committee’s recommendations relating to corporal punishment are available here and are included in the individual state reports for Bahrain, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt and Finland.

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