Nepal prohibits all corporal punishment of children

In September 2018, Nepal adopted the Act relating to Children 2018 which explicitly prohibits corporal punishment of children in all settings. It was certified by the President of Nepal on 18 September 2018 and has now come into effect. Section 7(5) of the Act states (unofficial translation): “Each child has a right to be protected […]

African newsletter (issue 29) is out now in English and French

Our African newsletters are published quarterly in English and French, providing a round-up of recent developments, campaigns and positive moves towards ending corporal punishment from across the continent. This latest edition also presents new resources to support advocacy on the issue, as well as information from African and UN human rights monitoring bodies, including new […]

Series of FAQ booklets now available in Thai

On 28 August 2018, the Thai edition of our series of booklets answering common questions about prohibiting all corporal punishment, published with Save the Children Sweden, were launched by Save the Children Thailand at a national forum “Talk for Change”. The forum provided a platform for children to have their say about physical punishment at […]

Committee Against Torture recommends prohibition at latest session

At its 64th session in July-August 2018, the Committee Against Torture issued recommendations on corporal punishment of children: The Committee mistakenly welcomed the Child Protection Code 2017 of Mauritania as having prohibited all corporal punishment of children, as Mauritania’s state report had reported as such – in fact there is no explicit prohibition in the […]

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 […]

Job opportunity: Communications consultant

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 […]