Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Belgium

CESCR session 051 (2013)

(23 December 2013, E/C.12/BEL/CO/4 Draft, Concluding observations on fourth report, para. 17)

"The Committee is concerned by the persistence of the practice of corporal punishment, including in the family context. It regrets the State party’s decision not to enact specific legislation expressly prohibiting corporal punishment in all places. The Committee is also disturbed by the extent of child abuse and the persistence of the problem of street children (art. 10).

The Committee recommends that the State party review its position and consider enacting specific legislation expressly prohibiting corporal punishment everywhere. It further recommends that the State party take additional measures to combat child abuse, including in terms of protection and assistance. The State party is also encouraged to step up its campaigns to raise public awareness concerning child abuse."

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CESCR session 039 (2007)

(3 December 2007, E/C.12/BEL/CO/3, Concluding observations on third report, paras. 19 and 33)

"The Committee notes that corporal punishment of children within the family has not yet been included in the Criminal Code as a specific offence.

"The Committee recommends that the State party adopt specific legislation prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment of children within the family."

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