South Asia and Asia and the Pacific
States prohibiting all corporal punishment
2021 - Republic of Korea
2020 - Japan
2018 - Nepal
2016 - Mongolia
2007 - New Zealand
Summary tables of progress
Regional campaigns against corporal punishment
- Bangladesh: BLAST (Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust) leads the alliance of NGOs campaigning for full prohibition of corporal punishment.
- Indonesia: Aliansi Penghapusan Kekerasan Terhdap Anak (Alliance for the Elimination of Violence Against Children) consists of 27 child-focused organizations together with the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. In April 2019, the Alliance developed a strategy to achieve prohibition of corporal punishment of children.
- Myanmar: The ‘Stop Corporal Punishment Campaign’ launched by the NGO Child Rights Working Group in November 2017 aims to raise awareness of the harm caused by violent punishment, to promote positive forms of discipline, and to see the revision of the 1993 Child Law so that it includes full prohibition of corporal punishment.
- Philippines: Save the Children Philippines have campaigned for the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment in the Philippines since 2003. They work to build understanding among community organisations and child-led groups, promote alternatives to violent punishment, and continue to campaign for the adoption of the Positive Discipline Bill by the Philippines Government.
- Sri Lanka: “Stop Child Cruelty”, launched in 2018, is a campaign aimed at ending corporal punishment of children in schools by 2020. The alliance of academics, professionals, NGOs and parents hope to raise the profile of corporal punishment by conducting awareness campaigns in schools, law enforcement and administrative institutions, in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organisations.
If you are campaigning to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment in the South Asia or Asia Pacific regions, or are thinking about campaigning, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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