Human Rights Committee, session 110 (2014)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Human Rights Committee's concluding observations to states examined in session 110 (10-28 March 2014)

Chad

([April 2014], CCPR/C/CO/TCD/2 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on second report, para. 14, as at 9 April 2014 in French only)

"Le Comité constate avec préoccupation que les châtiments corporels sont encore pratiqués dans certaines écoles coraniques malgré les dispositions de l’article 113 de la Loi No. 16/2006 du 13 mars 2006, qui proscrivent les sévices corporels ou toute autre forme de violence et d’humiliation à l’égard des élèves et étudiants, et sont tolérés au sein de la famille, où ils sont traditionnellement pratiqués. (art. 7 et 24).

L’État partie devrait veiller à l’application effective de la Loi No. 16/2006 du 13 mars 2006 et prendre d’autres mesures concrètes pour mettre fin à la pratique des châtiments corporels en toutes circonstances. Il devrait encourager l’utilisation des méthodes disciplinaires non violentes pour remplacer les châtiments corporels et mener des campagnes d’information afin de sensibiliser le public aux conséquences préjudiciables de ce type de violence."

Nepal

([April 2014], CCPR/C/NPL/CO/2 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on second report, para. 15)

"While noting the adoption of the National Children Policy in 2012, the Committee notes that corporal punishment remains a concern, especially in the home, where it traditionally continues to be practiced as a form of discipline by parents and guardians (arts. 7 and 24).

The State party should take practical steps, including through legislative measures where appropriate, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings. It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and should conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects."

Sierra Leone

(17 April 2014, CCPR/C/SLE/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, para. 19)

"While taking note of the fact that the Child Rights Act (2007) criminalizes and punishes torture and ill- treatment of children, the Committee expresses concern about the continuing practice of corporal punishment in all settings, and that it is not explicitly prohibited by law (arts. 7 and 24).

The State party should take practical steps, including through legislative measures where appropriate, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings. It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and should conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects."

USA

([April 2014], CCPR/C/USA/CO/4 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on fourth report, para. 17)

"The Committee is concerned about the use of corporal punishment of children in schools, penal institutions, the home, and all forms of child care at federal, state and local levels. It is also concerned about the increasing criminalization of students to tackle disciplinary issues arising in schools (arts. 7, 10, and 24).

The State party should take practical steps, including through legislative measures where appropriate, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings. It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment and should conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects. The State party should also promote the use of alternatives to the application of criminal law to address disciplinary issues in schools."

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