Committee Against Torture, session 61 (2017)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Committee Against Torture's concluding observations to states examined in session 61 (24 July - 11 August 2017)

Antigua and Barbuda

([August 2017], CAT/C/ATG/CO/1, Concluding observations in absence of report, Advance unedited version, paras. 7, 39 and 40)

“The Committee also welcomes the following legislative measures taken by the State party to give effect to the Convention, in particular: … (d) The Child Justice Act, No. 23 of 2015.”

“The Committee is concerned that provisions in the Corporal Punishment Act 1949 and the Prison Act 1956 permit flogging for breach of prison discipline. While noting that corporal punishment of children is prohibited as a sentence of crime under the Child Justice Act 2015, the Committee regrets that corporal punishment is lawfully administered at home and in schools, day care settings and penal institutions (art. 16).

“The Committee calls on the State party to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings and repeal all the provisions in domestic legislations that permit corporal punishment in any setting.”

Ireland

([August 2017], CAT/C/IRL/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, Advance unedited version, para. 4)

“The Committee also welcomes the following measures taken by the State party since the examination of the previous report: … (i) … the adoption of the Children First Act 2015, which removed the defence of “reasonable chastisement” from the laws regarding assaults on children”

Panama

([August 2017], CAT/C/PAN/CO/4, Concluding observations on fourth report, Advance unedited version, in Spanish only, paras. 48 and 49)

“El Comité toma nota sobre los trabajos del Comité Nacional Intersectorial para la Prevención de la Violencia contra Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes, pero observa con preocupación que el Estado parte no cuenta todavía con legislación específica que prohíba expresamente los castigos corporales en todas las circunstancias (art. 16).

“El Estado parte debe dotarse de una legislación que prohíba el castigo corporal a menores en todas las circunstancias, emprender campañas de sensibilización pública sobre sus efectos perjudiciales y promover formas positivas no violentas de disciplina como alternativas al castigo corporal.”

Paraguay

([August 2017], CAT/C/PRY/CO/7, Concluding observations on seventh report, Advance unedited version, in Spanish only, para. 4)

“El Comité celebra que el Estado parte haya adoptado las siguientes medidas legislativas en ámbitos relacionados con la Convención:…

b) La adopción en 2016 de la Ley 5659/2016 de promoción del buen trato, crianza positiva y de protección a niños, niñas y adolescentes contra el castigo físico o cualquier violencia como método de corrección y disciplina.”

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