Committee on the Rights of the Child: Bhutan

Session 075 (2017)

(2 June 2017, CRC/C/BTN/CO/3-5, Concluding observations on third/fifth report, Advance unedited version, para. 22)

“In the light of its general comment No. 8 (2006) on corporal punishment, the Committee urges the State party to:

(a) Review the Penal Code of 2004, in particular article 109, to fully prohibit the use of corporal punishment in all settings, including the home, alternative care, monasteries, day care and schools; the Child Care and Protection Act of 2011, the Child Adoption Act of 2012 and the Domestic Violence Prevention Act of 2013 to unequivocally prohibit corporal punishment of children; and

(b) Finalize promptly the Dratshang Lhentshog’s (Commission for Monastic Affairs) initiative to provide for alternative forms of discipline and take all measures necessary to enforce it in practice;

(c) Ensure that investigations, administrative and legal proceedings are promptly and systematically initiated in relation to cases of corporal punishment of children.”

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Session 049 (2008)

(8 October 2008, CRC/C/BTN/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 37 and 38)

"The Committee, while noting that the State party is undertaking measures to promote alternative forms of disciplining, is concerned that corporal punishment has yet to be prohibited at home, in schools and in alternative care settings, including monasteries. The Committee is concerned that corporal punishment is still practiced.

"The Committee recommends that the State party:

a) adopt legislation as soon as possible, explicitly prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home;

b) take all measures to ensure the enforcement of the law, conduct capacity building of professionals working with children, carry out awareness raising and public education campaigns against corporal punishment and promote non-violent, participatory methods of childrearing and education, while taking into account the Committee’s general comment No. 8 (2006) on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment."

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Session 027 (2001)

(9 July 2001, CRC/C/15/Add.157, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 40 and 41)

"Noting the respect for children in Bhutan, the Committee is concerned that there is insufficient information and awareness of the ill-treatment of children in schools and within the family.

"The Committee recommends that the State party: ...

b) take legislative measures to prohibit all forms of physical and mental violence, including corporal punishment and sexual abuse of children in the family, schools, and in institutions;

c) carry out public education campaigns about the negative consequences of ill-treatment of children, and promote positive, non-violent forms of discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment...."

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