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 Code. The Committee also expressed concern at the legality of judicial corporal punishment and recommended that it is clearly repealed from the Criminal Code, including under religious law.
- To Seychelles, the Committee recommended the explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings and the explicit repeal of the right to inflict “reasonable chastisement” under the Children Act 1982.
For further information on the obligation to prohibit corporal punishment under the Convention Against Torture and to see the Committee’s recommendations in full, see the Global Initiative’s page on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.