Committee on the Rights of the Child: Bulgaria

Session 072 (2016)

(3 June 2016, CRC/C/GBR/CO/3, Concluding observations on third report, paras. 31 and 32)

While the Committee notes as positive provisions in the Child Protection Act (Article 11 (2)) and the Family Code (Article 125 (2)) prohibiting violence in all settings, including the home, as well as the Implementing Regulation on the Public Education Act (Article 129) prohibiting violence in schools, it is concerned that corporal punishment continues to be widely accepted in society as a means of disciplining children, and is not explicitly prohibited or sanctioned in legislation. 

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

a) explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in legislation;

b) ensure that the prohibition of corporal punishment is adequately monitored and enforced in all settings;

c) promote positive, non-violent and participatory forms of child-rearing and discipline through awareness campaigns;

d) ensure that offenders are brought before the competent administrative and judicial authorities.

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Session 048 (2008)

(23 June 2008, CRC/C/BGR/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 31 and 32)

"While noting that corporal punishment is unlawful in the home, schools, the penal system, alternative care settings, and in situations of employment, the Committee is concerned that children are still victims of corporal punishment in all the above-mentioned settings.

"The Committee urges the State party, to take into account its general comment No. 8 on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment (CRC/GC/2006/8), to enforce the ban of corporal punishment by:

a) undertaking public and professional awareness-raising;

b) promoting non-violent, positive, participatory methods of childrearing and education and reinforcing knowledge among children of their right to protection from all forms of corporal punishment; and

c) bringing offenders before the competent administrative and judicial authorities."

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Session 014 (1997)

(24 January 1997, CRC/C/15/Add.66, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 30)

"In the light of articles 19, 34 and 37 (a), the Committee strongly recommends that the State party take all appropriate measures to prevent and combat corporal punishment, sexual abuse and exploitation and ill-treatment of children, including in institutions and in detention centres. The Committee suggests that corporal punishment be prohibited by civil legislation and that appropriate legal measures be taken to combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children…."

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