Committee on the Rights of the Child: Albania

Session 061 (2012)

(7 December 2012, CRC/C/ALB/CO/2-4, Concluding observations on second-fourth report, paras. 41 and 42)

"While welcoming that corporal punishment is explicitly prohibited in all settings, the Committee is concerned that various forms of corporal punishment are widely practiced at home, in schools and in institutions. Furthermore, the Committee, while noting that the Law on Pre-University Education prohibits corporal punishment, regrets that it does not specify the necessary legal mechanisms for prevention of violence and protection of children in the school premises, nor does it provide for sanctions against teachers who use violence, or for procedures to identify and report violence. 

"In the light of its general comment No. 8 (CRC/C/GC/8, 2006), the Committee urges the State party to: 

a) ensure that laws prohibiting corporal punishment are effectively implemented and that legal proceedings are systematically initiated against persons subjecting children to corporal punishment; 

b) improve the law on Pre-University Education, especially by introducing legal mechanisms for prevention of violence and protection of children in the school premises, sanctions against teachers who use violence and procedures to identify and report violence; 

c) introduce continuous public education, awareness-raising and social mobilization programmes, involving children and their families, community leaders and the media in the process, on harmful physical and psychological effects of corporal punishment, with a view to changing the general attitude towards this practice; and 

d) promote positive non-violent and participatory forms of child-rearing, and alternative forms of discipline and education."

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Session 038 (2005)

(31 March 2005, CRC/C/15/Add.249, Concluding observations on initial report paras. 50 and 51)

"The Committee is concerned that corporal punishment remains lawful in the family, and continues to be used as a disciplinary method.

"The Committee urges the State party to expressly prohibit by law all corporal punishment in the family. The State party is further encouraged to undertake awareness-raising campaigns and education programmes on nonviolent forms of discipline, and to conduct research into the prevalence of corporal punishment of children in the family."

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