Committee Against Torture, session 45 (2010)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Committee Against Torture's concluding observations to states examined in session 45 (1-19 November 2010)

Ecuador

(7 December 2010, CAT/C/ECU/CO/4-6, Concluding observations on fourth-sixth report, para. 18)

"… The Committee is also concerned that corporal punishment is legal within the home (arts. 1, 2, 4 and 16).

The Committee urges the State party, in view of the seriousness of the acts concerned, to: …

h) expressly prohibit corporal punishment of children in the home."

Ethiopia

(20 January 2011, CAT/C/ETH/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 28)

"The Committee notes with concern that, while corporal punishment is prohibited in schools, childcare institutions and as a penal or disciplinary sanction in the penal system, it is not prohibited as a disciplinary measure in the home or alternative care settings for purposes of “proper upbringing”, under article 576 of the revised Criminal Code (2005) and article 258 of the revised Family Code (2000) (arts. 2, 10 and 16).

The State party should consider amending its revised Criminal Code and Family Code, with a view to prohibiting corporal punishment in child-rearing in the home and alternative care settings and raise public awareness on positive, participatory and non-violent forms of discipline."

Mongolia

(20 January 2011, CAT/C/MNG/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 23)

"The Committee is concerned at information about the high prevalence of corporal punishment of children in schools, children’s institutions and in the home, in particular in rural areas (art. 16).

The State party should take urgent measures to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings. The State party should also ensure, through appropriate public education and professional training, positive, participatory and non-violent forms of discipline."

Turkey

(20 January 2011, CAT/C/TUR/CO/3, Concluding observations on third report, para. 22)

"The Committee, while noting the amendment to the Civil Code in 2002 which removed parents’ right of correction, is concerned at the lack of an explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in the home and in alternative settings in the domestic legislation, and reports that corporal punishment is widely used by parents and is still considered to have educational value in schools (art. 16).

The Committee should clarify beyond doubt the legal status of corporal punishment in schools and penal institutions and, as a matter of priority, prohibit it in the home, alternative settings and, if appropriate, schools and penal institutions."

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