Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, session 44 (2009)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women's concluding observations to states examined in session 44 (20 July - 7 August 2009)

Timor-Leste

(7 August 2009, CEDAW/C/TLS/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 35 and 36)

"... the Committee is concerned ... that corporal punishment is acceptable in both school and home settings and constitutes a form of violence against children, including the girl child.

"... The Committee recommends that the State party explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including through awareness-raising campaigns aimed at families, the school system and other educational settings."

Tuvalu

(7 August 2009, CEDAW/C/TUV/CO/2, Concluding observations on initial/second report, paras. 39 and 40)

"The Committee welcomes the achievements in the field of education in the context of the Education for Life programme, including the achievement Millennium Development Goal 2 on universal primary education and an adult literacy rate of 95 per cent, and it also notes the State party's geographical constraints. However, the Committee is ... concerned that corporal punishment continues to be lawful in schools under article 29 of the Education Act (1976) and article 226 of the Penal Code, although it is not regularly used.

"The Committee ... recommends that the State party prohibit the use of corporal punishment in schools."

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