Committee on the Rights of the Child, session 13 (1996)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Committee on the Rights of the Child's concluding observations to states examined in the 13th session

Mauritius

(30 October 1996, CRC/C/15/Add.64, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 31)

"In the light of articles 19, 34 and 35 of the Convention, the Committee encourages the State party to take all appropriate measures to prevent and combat ill-treatment of children, including child abuse within the family, corporal punishment, child labour and the sexual exploitation of children, including victims of sexual tourism…."

Morocco

(30 October 1996, CRC/C/15/Add.60, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 15 and 27)

"The Committee is concerned that appropriate measures have not yet been taken to prevent and combat illtreatment of children within the family and at the lack of information on this matter. The problems of the exploitation of child labour, in particular the use of young girls as domestic workers, and child prostitution also require special attention.

"The Committee encourages the Government of Morocco to take all measures to prevent and combat illtreatment of children, including child abuse within the family, corporal punishment, child labour and the sexual exploitation of children. It recommends that comprehensive studies be initiated with regard to those important issues to make possible a better understanding of those phenomena and facilitate the elaboration of policies and programmes to combat them effectively. In this perspective, the Government should pursue its efforts in close cooperation with community leaders and with non-governmental organizations, with a view to promoting change in persisting negative attitudes towards children belonging to the most vulnerable groups."

Nigeria

(30 October 1996, CRC/C/15/Add.61, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 15, 36 and 38)

"… The problem of violence against children and the physical abuse of children in the family, in schools, in the community and in society are also of major concern to the Committee.

"The Committee shares the view of the State party that major efforts are required to address harmful practices such as early marriage, betrothals of children, female genital mutilation and abuse of children in the family. The Committee recommends that all legislation should be reviewed to ensure its compatibility with the eradication of such violations of children’s rights and that campaigns be developed and pursued with the involvement of all sectors of society with a view to changing attitudes in the country as to the non-acceptance of harmful practices….

"… Measures must also be taken to ensure that discipline in school is administered in conformity with the provisions of article 28, paragraph 2 of the Convention…."

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