Committee on the Rights of the Child: Luxembourg

Session 064 (2013)

(29 October 2013, CRC/C/LUX/CO/3-4, Concluding observations on third/fourth report, paras. 3, 30 and 31)

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the following legislative measures: ...

d) the Act of 16 December 2008 on support for children and the family establishing a legal framework for child welfare, creating the National Children’s Bureau (ONE), and expressly prohibiting corporal punishment.

"While welcoming the State party’s efforts to combat violence against children at school, on the Internet, and in other contexts, the Committee is concerned about the lack of information, including statistics, about the extent of violence against children in the family, including corporal punishment, in the State party. 

"Recalling the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children of 2006 (A/61/299), the Committee recommends that the State party prioritize the elimination of all forms of violence against children. The Committee further recommends that the State party take into account its general comment No. 13 (2011) on the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence, and in particular, that it: 

a) develop a comprehensive national strategy to prevent and address all forms of violence against children, especially in the family, and promote alternative discipline strategies; 

b) adopt a national coordinating framework to address all forms of violence against children, including on the Internet; 

c) cooperate with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children and other relevant United Nations institutions."

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Session 038 (2005)

(31 March 2005, CRC/C/15/Add.250, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 6, 38 and 39)

"The Committee notes with satisfaction that various concerns and recommendations (CRC/C/15/Add.92) made upon the consideration of the State’s initial report (CRC/C/41/Add.2) have been addressed through legislative measures and policies. However, it regrets that some of its concerns and recommendations have been insufficiently addressed, particularly those contained in ... [paragraph] 31 (the absence of a provision prohibiting corporal punishment within the family and in care institutions)….

"The Committee continues to be concerned that there is no legislation explicitly prohibiting corporal punishment within the family and that this practice seems to be largely accepted in the society.

"The Committee, reiterating its previous recommendation, urges the State party to introduce a provision expressly prohibiting corporal punishment within the family, and to strengthen its efforts to raise awareness among parents and care-givers of alternative non-violent forms of discipline."

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Session 018 (1998)

(24 June 1998, CRC/C/15/Add.92, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 13 and 31)

"In the light of articles 3, 5, 19 and 28.2 of the Convention, concern is expressed that corporal punishment within and outside the family is not specifically prohibited by law....

"In the light of articles 3, 19 and 28.2, the Committee recommends that corporal punishment at home and in care institutions be explicitly prohibited by law."

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