Progress in the Americas and the Caribbean





States prohibiting all corporal punishment

2016 - Paraguay

2015 - Peru

2014 - Nicaragua, ArgentinaBoliviaBrazil

2013 - Honduras

2008 - Costa Rica

2007 - VenezuelaUruguay

Territories: ArubaCuraçao, St Maarten

Regional campaigns against corporal punishment

El Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia de Latinoamérica y El Caribe (MMI-LAC)

Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children (CCACPC)

US Alliance to End the Hitting of Children

“Atrévete a criar con amor” (Peru)

Regional publications

Progress in the Caribbean (Briefing, 2016)

Progress in Latin America (English, Spanish) (2015)

Working with religious communities (English, Spanish) (2015)

Progress in the Caribbean (Report, 2012)

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. 

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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”.

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