Committee on the Rights of the Child: Libya

Session 033 (2003)

(4 July 2003, CRC/C/15/Add.209, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 33, 34 and 46)

"The Committee welcomes the prohibition of corporal punishment in schools and takes note of the information that measures have been adopted to report and investigate maltreatment of children. Nevertheless, it is concerned at the lack of information on the actual situation in the State party with respect to ill-treatment of children within the family. Further, it regrets the lack of information on prevention and awareness-raising activities.

"The Committee recommends that the State party:

a) conduct a comprehensive study to assess the nature and extent of ill-treatment and abuse of children, as well as other domestic violence, and use the results to design policies and programmes to address this issue;

b) carry out preventive 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;

c) take the necessary measures to prevent violence against, and abuse of, children….

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

c) take legislative measures formally to abolish flogging as a punishment…."

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Session 017 (1998)

(4 February 1998, CRC/C/15/Add.84, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 14 and 29)

"The Committee expresses its concern about the lack of prohibition in local legislation of the use of corporal punishment, however light, at home. In the view of the Committee, this contravenes the principles and provisions of the Convention.

"The Committee suggests that the State party take all appropriate measures, including of a legislative nature, with the aim of prohibiting corporal punishment at home. The Committee also suggests that awareness-raising campaigns be conducted to ensure that alternative forms of discipline are administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity and in conformity with the Convention…."

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