Updated briefing highlights corporal punishment of children with disabilities

The Global Initiative has updated its briefing on prohibiting and eliminating corporal punishment of children with disabilities. Highlighting the importance of the issue for children with disabilities, the briefing emphasises that children with disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing corporal punishment and underlines the human rights imperative to prohibit all violent punishment of children. […]

Another Latin American state protects children from all corporal punishment

Nicaragua has become the eighth state in Latin America to achieve law reform to fully prohibit children from corporal punishment in the home and all other settings. Following quickly on from reform in Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia this year, the Nicaraguan National Assembly approved the new Family Code 2014, which states in article 280 (unofficial […]

Global Report 2014 now available

Remarkable progress has been made in the past year towards universal prohibition of all corporal punishment: now 44 states have achieved this fundamental reform, and governments in a further 45 have expressed their commitment to doing so. Celebration of this accelerating progress is a fitting way to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on […]

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 29

The number of states in which children are protected from all corporal punishment has risen to 44 since the last Global Initiative newsletter in September 2014. The Global Initiative’s latest newsletter reports on these developments and more, including a call for prohibition from the European Parliament; progress towards prohibition in France, Haiti, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan […]

San Marino achieves prohibition

San Marino has become the latest state to achieve prohibition of all corporal punishment of children in 2014. In September, criminal and family laws were amended to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including the home. The Law of 26 April 1986 No. 49 on Family Law Reform now states in article 57: “Children have […]

“Global progress and delay” leaflet – November edition

The Global Initiative has updated its leaflet which summarises and illustrates progress and delay worldwide towards prohibiting corporal punishment in all settings. The latest edition, published in November 2014, lists 41 states which have achieved prohibition in all settings. Shortly after the leaflet was published San Marino achieved prohibition, bringing the total number of states […]

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and Committee on the Rights of the Child’s new joint general recommendation/general comment on harmful practices

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child have issued a new joint general recommendation/general comment on harmful practices, which states that corporal punishment has been recognised as a harmful practice. The general recommendation/general comment identifies harmful practices as those which constitute a denial of […]

Human Rights Committee recommends prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings

At its 112th session (7-31 October 2014), the Human Rights Committee raised the issue of corporal punishment of children with the Governments of Burundi, Haiti, Malta, Montenegro and Sri Lanka. Following examination of each of these states, the Committee made the following remarks and recommendations in its concluding observations: To Burundi, the Committee expressed concern at […]

Children protected from all corporal punishment in Estonia

Another European state has joined the list of those where corporal punishment of children is prohibited in all settings, including the home. The Estonian Parliament has enacted the Child Welfare Act 2014, which prohibits corporal punishment in article 24 (unofficial translation): “(1) It is prohibited to neglect a child, to mentally, emotionally, physically or sexually […]

Updated briefing illustrates progress and delay in Africa

Six African states have achieved prohibition of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the family home. But only 8.5% of children in Africa are protected in law from all corporal punishment, while more than a quarter are not protected in any setting of their lives. These facts and many more are graphically illustrated […]