Progress in the Americas and the Caribbean
States prohibiting all corporal punishment
2021 - Colombia
2016 - Paraguay
2015 - Peru
2013 - Honduras
2008 - Costa Rica
Territories: Aruba, Curaçao, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Barthelemy, St Maarten, St Martin
Summary tables of progress
Regional campaigns against corporal punishment
A series of booklets answering common questions about prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, including a booklet for children and one answering specific questions about corporal punishment in schools. Now available in 14 languages.
News from the Americas and the Caribbean
Regional human rights
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which applies and interprets the American Convention on Human Rights, has condemned judicial corporal punishment, ruling that corporal punishment by flogging is a form of torture.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, through the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child, has called on states to “act immediately on the problem of corporal punishment by placing explicit and absolute legal bans on its use in all contexts”.