Committee Against Torture: Sri Lanka

CAT session 047 (2011)

(8 December 2011, CAT/C/LKA/CO/3-4, Concluding observations on third/fourth report, para. 30)

"The Committee notes that, while corporal punishment is prohibited as a penal sentence under the Corporal Punishment (Repeal) Act No. 23 of 2005, it is not prohibited as a disciplinary measure in penal institutions for juvenile offenders, in the home or alternative care settings, under article 82 of the Penal Code. The Committee also notes with concern that, despite the issuance of Circular No. 2005/17, by the Ministry of Education in 2005, stating that corporal punishment should not be used in schools, there is no prohibition in law and its use is still widespread. (arts. 10 and 16)

The State party should consider amending its Penal Code, with a view to prohibiting corporal punishment in all settings and raising public awareness."

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CAT session 035 (2005)

(15 December 2005, CAT/C/LKA/CO/1/CRP.2, Concluding observations on second report, para. 3)

"The Committee notes with satisfaction the following positive developments:

g) the recent abolition of corporal punishment by Act No. 23 of 2005."

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