• 59 states have full prohibition of corporal punishment
  • 29 more states have committed to reforming their laws to achieve a complete legal ban - find out more


States prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, including in the home:

2006 - Greece

2005 Hungary

2004 - RomaniaUkraine

2003 - Iceland

2002 - Turkmenistan

2000 - GermanyIsraelBulgaria

1999 - Croatia

1998 - Latvia

1997 - Denmark

1994 - Cyprus

1989 - Austria

1987 - Norway

1983 - Finland

1979 - Sweden


So long since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the law in far too many countries fails to prohibit corporal punishment of children or, worse still, it explicitly authorises its use and sets out the details of how it should be inflicted.
There is a long way to go:

  • Only 13% of the world's children are fully protected in law from all corporal punishment
  • Governments of 111 states are not currently committed to law reform
  • In 67 states, corporal punishment has not been fully prohibited in schools


In 16 states, corporal punishment is not fully prohibited in any setting, including as a sentence for crime:

Barbados; Botswana; Brunei Darussalam; Dominica; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritania; Nigeria; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Somalia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; State of Palestine; Tuvalu; UR Tanzania


In 31 states, corporal punishment – whipping, flogging, caning – is still lawful under state, traditional and/or religious law as a sentence for crimes committed by juveniles:

Afghanistan; Bahamas; Bangladesh; Barbados; Botswana; Brunei Darussalam; Colombia; Dominica; Ecuador; India; Indonesia; Iran; Kiribati; Libya; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritania; Nigeria; Pakistan; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Somalia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; State of Palestine; Tonga; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates; UR Tanzania; Vanuatu; Yemen