Committee on the Rights of the Child recommends prohibition at 77th session

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, at its 77th session held in January 2018, examined eight states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: To Guatemala, the Committee expressed concern about the use of corporal punishment in care institutions and recommended that the Government expedite the adoption of the Bill No. […]

New report tracks progress in Pathfinding countries

The Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, this week on 14-15 February 2018. Ahead of the Summit, the Global Initiative is delighted to present a new report tracking progress on ending corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries. These countries have committed to three to five years of accelerated action towards target 16.2 […]

States receive recommendations to prohibit at UPR’s 29th session

Fourteen states were reviewed at the 29th session of the Universal Periodic Review in January 2018. All states that have not yet prohibited corporal punishment in all settings except one received recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children: The Bahamas, Barbados, Burundi, France, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates all received recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings – their respective Governments deferred giving […]

Seychelles prohibits corporal punishment in schools

The Education (Amendment) Act 2017 was passed by the National Assembly of the Seychelles in December 2017 to enact an explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in schools. The Act amends article 68 of the Education Act 2004 to state: “(1) All schools and educational institutions shall, in consultation with the Principal Secretary and in accordance […]

Series of FAQ booklets now available in Mandarin!

The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present Mandarin versions of our series of three booklets which provide answers to questions that commonly arise when we think about prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. The first booklet answers the most frequently asked questions and dispels common misperceptions about the reasons for a legal […]

Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition at latest session

At the Committee Against Torture’s 62nd session in November/December 2017, the Committee extended recommendations on corporal punishment to two states: To Rwanda, the Committee expressed concern at the reports of frequent beatings suffered by detainees in penal institutions. It recommended that the Government monitor disciplinary practices inside prisons and ensure that corporal punishment is strictly prohibited. In […]

CEDAW recommends prohibition at 68th session

At the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women’s 68th session, recommendations and observations on corporal punishment were issued to states under review: To Kuwait, the Committee expressed concern about the Penal Code provision allowing parents to physically discipline their child and recommended its repeal. To Singapore, the Committee recommended the revision and/or repeal of relevant legislation […]

Global report tracking progress to December 2017 is out now!

As another big year in the journey to end all corporal punishment of children comes to a close, the Global Initiative, in collaboration with Save the Children Sweden, is delighted to present our annual global report tracking progress towards universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment to December 2017. The report, Ending legalised violence against children: Global progress […]

Ghana commits to prohibiting all corporal punishment at UPR’s 28th session

During the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review in November 2017, the human rights record of the following fourteen states were reviewed: Ghana accepted recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, making a clear commitment to enacting law reform. Recent governmental declarations have confirmed this commitment, particularly in light of the upcoming review of the […]

Human Rights Committee issues recommendations on corporal punishment at latest session

At its 121st session in October/November 2017, the Human Rights Committee issued recommendations to states on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children: To Mauritius, the Committee expressed concern that corporal punishment was still lawful in the home, in care settings and in penal institutions and recommended its prohibition in all settings. In its concluding […]