Committee Against Torture: Namibia

CAT session 059 (2016)

(1 February 2017, CAT/C/NAM/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 36 and 37)

“While welcoming the adoption of the Child Care and Protection Act, No. 3 of 2015, which complements the Education Act, No. 16 of 2001, and penalizes corporal punishment in the home, in the criminal system and in alternative care settings, the Committee remains concerned at the lack of information regarding its enforcement and implementation.

“The State party should ensure that all laws prohibiting corporal punishment are effectively implemented, all allegations of corporal punishment investigated and perpetrators prosecuted and punished. The State party should also conduct awareness-raising campaigns about the harmful effects of corporal punishment on children and inform the public that such acts are prohibited.”

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CAT session 018 (1997)

(6 May 1997, A/52/44, paras. 227-252, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 250)

"The Committee recommends the prompt abolition of corporal punishment insofar as it is legally still possible under the Prisons Act of 1959 and the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977."

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