Human Rights Committee: Sierra Leone

HRC session 110 (2014)

(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."

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