Human Rights Committee, session 54 (1995)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Human Rights Committee's concluding observations to states examined in session 54 (10-28 July 1995)

Sri Lanka

(27 July 1995, CCPR/C/79/Add.56, Concluding observations on third report, sections 3 and 5)

"The Committee expresses its satisfaction at the Government’s stated policy of not implementing death sentences and that corporal punishment as a penalty has been suspended for the last 10 years.

"Noting that the definition of torture given in the Convention Against Torture Act passed by Parliament on 25 November 1994 is somewhat restrictive, the Committee recommends that the Act be amended to bring it into conformity with article 7 of the Covenant, taking into account the Committee’s General Comment No. 20 (44). It further recommends that in view of the statement by the Government that corporal punishment has been suspended the provisions of the domestic legislation allowing this form of punishment be revoked."


(27 July 1995, CCPR/C/79/Add.55, Concluding observations on fourth report, para. 8)

"The Committee recommends that corporal punishment administered to privately funded pupils in independent schools be abolished."

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