Committee on the Rights of the Child: Mauritius

Session 068 (2015)

(4 February 2015, CRC/C/MUS/CO/3-5 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on third-fifth report, paras. 37 and 38)

"The Committee is concerned that corporal punishment is applied in general as part of the school culture even though it is prohibited through the Education Regulations of 1957 and that corporal punishment is not explicitly prohibited by law in all settings, including in the home and alternative care settings as well as in the penal system. 

"The Committee urges the State party to ensure that its legislation including the Children’s Act explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings. The Committee also urges the State party to promote positive, non-violent and participatory forms of child-rearing and discipline. The State party is also encouraged to establish a clear reporting system of incidents of corporal punishment, notably in schools."

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Session 041 (2006)

(17 March 2006, CRC/C/MUS/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, paras. 37 and 38)

"While noting that corporal punishment is prohibited in schools through the Education Regulations of 1957, the Committee remains concerned that corporal punishment is not explicitly forbidden by law in the family and in all settings, including in alternative care settings.

"The Committee reiterates its previous concluding observations (CRC/C/15/Add.64, para. 31) and urges the State party to prohibit through legislation and other measures corporal punishment of children in the family, in schools, in penal institutions and in alternative care settings. The Committee further recommends that the State party conduct awareness-raising campaigns among adults and children, the promotion of non-violent, positive, participatory methods of child-rearing and education."

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Session 013 (1996)

(30 October 1996, CRC/C/15/Add.64, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 31)

"In the light of articles 19, 34 and 35 of the Convention, the Committee encourages the State party to take all appropriate measures to prevent and combat ill-treatment of children, including child abuse within the family, corporal punishment, child labour and the sexual exploitation of children, including victims of sexual tourism…."

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