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Date: October 2011

Latest recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of the Child

The concluding observations on states examined at the 58th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in September/October 2011, are now available at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/crcs58.htm.

The Committee examined the state party reports of Iceland, Italy, Panama, Republic of Korea, Seychelles and Syrian Arab Republic. No recommendations on corporal punishment were made to Iceland, where this form of violence was prohibited in all settings in 2003. A Supreme Court ruling in Italy as long ago as 1996 rendered all corporal punishment unlawful, including in the home, but the ruling has not been confirmed in legislation: the Committee recommended that Italy reform its domestic laws to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings. The Committee made similar recommendations to the other states that were examined. To Panama, Seychelles and Syria, the Committee specifically recommended that all legal defences for the use of corporal punishment be explicitly repealed.

The Committee’s recommendations relating to corporal punishment are available here and are included in the individual state reports for Italy, Panama, Republic of Korea, Seychelles and Syrian Arab Republic.

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