Committee on the Rights of the Child: Peru

Session 071 (2016)

(29 January 2016, CRC/C/PER/CO/4-5 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on fourth/fifth report, paras. 6, 39 and 40)

“The Committee notes with appreciation the adoption of the following legislative measures:

a) Law No 30403 prohibiting the use of corporal and other humiliating punishment against children and adolescents, on 29 December 2015; ...

“The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Law No 30403 prohibiting the use of corporal and other humiliating punishment against children and adolescents in December 2015, but is concerned that, despite improvements, the application and social acceptance of corporal punishment remains widespread.

“In the light of its general comment No. 8 (2006) on corporal punishment, the Committee recommends that the State party ensure effective implementation of the new law and strengthen its efforts to raise awareness on the harmful effects, both physical and psychological, of corporal punishment and promote positive, non-violent and participatory forms of child-rearing and discipline. The State party should also provide training to principals, teachers and other persons working with and for children in order to ensure that they can identify and provide adequate support to child victims of corporal punishment.”

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Session 041 (2006)

(14 March 2006, CRC/C/PER/CO/3, Concluding observations on third report, paras. 42 and 43)

"While the Committee welcomes the legal provisions in place to prohibit corporal punishment both in the Penal Code and in Law No. 26260, it expresses concern that corporal punishment is lawful at home and is still widely practiced in the society as an accepted measure of discipline, both within the family and at school. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that a recent survey showed that children themselves regard this practice as a natural means of discipline and education.

"The Committee recommends that the State party introduce and enforce legislation explicitly prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including in the home. The State party should also conduct awareness raising and public education campaigns against corporal punishment and promote nonviolent, participatory methods of childrearing and education."

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Session 023 (2000)

(22 February 2000, CRC/C/15/Add.120, Concluding observations on second report, para. 22)

"The Committee welcomes the legislative reforms aiming at preventing and combating domestic violence, but it remains concerned that physical and sexual abuse of children – within and outside the family – is a widespread phenomenon in the State party. In light of, inter alia, articles 3, 6, 19, 28 (2) and 39 of the Convention, the Committee recommends that the State party continue taking effective measures to prevent and combat abuse and ill-treatment of children within the family, at school and in society at large, including through setting up multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation programmes. It suggests, inter alia, that law enforcement should be strengthened with respect to such crimes; that adequate procedures and mechanisms to deal effectively with complaints of child abuse should be reinforced in order to provide children with prompt access to justice; and that the use of corporal punishment at home, in schools and other institutions be explicitly prohibited by law. Furthermore, educational programmes should be established to combat traditional attitudes within society regarding this issue…"

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