Human Rights Committee issues recommendation on prohibition at 123rd session

At its 123rd session in July 2018, the Human Rights Committee examined states on their implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and issued recommendations and observations on corporal punishment of children: To Liberia, the Committee expressed concern at the fact that corporal punishment is not prohibited in all settings and recommended […]

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The Global Initiative is seeking a talented communications consultant for a six-month period: Location: Vauxhall, London and some home working Contract: 1 Oct 2018 – 31 March 2019 (some flexibility) Daily rate: £160 per day, 2-3 days per week (negotiable) Start date: 1 October 2018 Are you an excellent communicator, with good digital and supporter […]

Charities launch new Compact to help end orphanages worldwide, echoing UK Government’s landmark commitment

On 24th July, on the occasion of the Global Disability Summit, the UK Government became the first major donor of its kind to explicitly commit to promoting family and community-based care for all children. Championing families and not orphanages, Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, announced: Orphanages are harmful to children and it […]

Guyana prohibits corporal punishment of children in the penal system

In June 2018, Guyana enacted the Juvenile Justice Act 2018 to prohibit all corporal punishment of children in penal institutions and as a sentence for a crime. Article 92 of the Act states: (1) Any juvenile who breaches the rules of a facility may be disciplined on the instruction of the Principal of the facility […]

Series of FAQ booklets now available in Portuguese!

The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present Portuguese editions our series of three booklets which provide answers to questions that commonly arise when we think about prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. Read the booklets in Portuguese These booklets should give parents and carers, government officials, education professionals and others the […]

UAE commits to prohibiting all corporal punishment of children at Human Rights Council’s 38th session

During its 38th session, the Human Rights Council adopted the final working group reports of the Universal Periodic Review’s 29th session. States which had left their responses to recommendations pending were under the obligation to either ‘support’ (accept) or ‘note’ them before the start of the session. The United Arab Emirates supported recommendations to prohibit […]

ACERWC recommends prohibition of corporal punishment to all states examined at 29th session

Concluding observations from the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child’s 29th session have been published. Although the examination of Sierra Leone was postponed to a later session, the remaining four states under examination received recommendations on corporal punishment of children: To Chad, the Committee recommended prohibition in all settings, […]

Systematic recommendations on corporal punishment at the CRC’s 78th session

During its 78th session which finished earlier this month, the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined five states on their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. All of them received recommendations on corporal punishment: To Angola, which had declared that corporal punishment of children “when administered by an official […]

Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition at 63rd session

The Committee Against Torture held its 63rd session in April-May 2018 and issued recommendations on corporal punishment of children: To Belarus, the Committee expressed concern at the levels of violence against children in institutions, and regretted that there was no explicit prohibition of all corporal punishment of children. It recommended a clear and explicit prohibition […]

States receive recommendations to prohibit at UPR’s 30th session

The Universal Periodic Review’s 30th session came to an end in May 2018. Fourteen states underwent their third cycle examination, with all but two receiving recommendations on corporal punishment of children: Bangladesh renewed its commitment to enacting prohibition by supporting several recommendations to do so. Uzbekistan also supported a recommendation to prohibit corporal punishment of […]