Legality of corporal punishment worldwide

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Afghanistan*NONOSOMEYESNONO
AlbaniaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Algeria*NONONOYESNOYES
American SamoaNONONONONOYES
AndorraYESYESYESYESYESYES
Angola*NONONONONOYES
AnguillaNONOSOMEYESYESYES
Antigua and BarbudaNONONONONOYES
ArgentinaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Armenia*NOSOMENOYESYESYES
ArubaYESYESYESYESYESYES
AustraliaNOSOMESOMESOMESOMEYES
AustriaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Azerbaijan*NONONOYESYESYES
BahamasNOSOMESOMENOYESNO
Bahrain*NONONOYESNOYES
Bangladesh*NONONOYESNONO
BarbadosNONOSOMENONONO
BelarusNONONOYESYESYES
BelgiumNOSOMENOYESYESYES
Belize*NOSOMESOMEYESSOMEYES
BeninYESYESYESYESYESYES
BermudaNONONONOYESYES
Bhutan*NONONONO[YES]YES
BoliviaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Bonaire, St Eustatius and SabaNONONONOYESYES
Bosnia and Herzegovina*SOMESOMESOMEYESYESYES
BotswanaNONONONONONO
BrazilYESYESYESYESYESYES
British Virgin IslandsNONONONOYESYES
Brunei DarussalamNONOSOMENONONO
BulgariaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Burkina Faso*NONOSOMESOME[YES]YES
BurundiNONONOYESNOYES
Cabo VerdeYESYESYESYESYESYES
CambodiaNONONOYESYESYES
CameroonNONOSOMEYESYESYES
CanadaNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
Cayman IslandsNOSOMENONONOYES
Central African RepublicNONONONONOYES
ChadNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
Chile*NONONOYESYESYES
ChinaNONOSOMEYESYESYES
ColombiaNOSOMENOYESYESSOME
Comoros*NONONONONOYES
Congo, Republic ofYESYESYESYESYESYES
Cook IslandsNONOSOMEYESNOYES
Costa RicaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Cote d'IvoireNONONONOYESYES
CroatiaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Cuba*NOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
CuracaoYESYESYESYESYESYES
CyprusYESYESYESYESYESYES
Czech RepublicNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
DenmarkYESYESYESYESYESYES
DjiboutiNONONOYESNOYES
DominicaNONOSOMENONONO
Dominican Republic*NONONOYESYESYES
DPR KoreaNONONONOYESYES
DR CongoNONONOYESNOYES
Ecuador*NONOSOMEYESYESSOME
EgyptNONONONOYESYES
El Salvador*NONOSOMEYESYESYES
Equatorial GuineaNONONONONOYES
EritreaNONONONONOYES
EstoniaYESYESYESYESYESYES
EthiopiaNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)NONONO[YES]YESYES
Faroe IslandsYESYESYESYESYESYES
Fiji*NONONOYESYESYES
FinlandYESYESYESYESYESYES
FranceNONONOYESYESYES
French GuianaNONONONOYESYES
French PolynesiaNONONONOYESYES
GabonNONOSOMEYESYESYES
GambiaNONONONONOYES
Georgia*NOSOMENOYESYESYES
GermanyYESYESYESYESYESYES
Ghana*NONONONOSOMEYES
GibraltarNONONONO[YES]YES
GreeceYESYESYESYESYESYES
GreenlandYESYESYESYESYESYES
GrenadaNOSOMENONONONO
GuadeloupeNONONONOYESYES
GuamNONONONOYESYES
GuatemalaNONONONOYESYES
GuernseyNONONONO[SOME]YES
GuineaNONONONONOYES
Guinea-Bissau*NONONOYESYESYES
GuyanaNOSOMESOMENO[YES]YES
HaitiNOYESYESYESYESYES
HondurasYESYESYESYESYESYES
Hong KongNONOSOMEYESYESYES
HungaryYESYESYESYESYESYES
IcelandYESYESYESYESYESYES
India*NOSOMENOSOMEYESSOME
Indonesia*NONONONOYESSOME
IranNONOSOMENOYESNO
IraqNONONONOSOMEYES
IrelandYESYESYESYESYESYES
Isle of ManNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
IsraelYESYESYESYESYESYES
ItalyNOYESYESYESYESYES
JamaicaNOYESSOMENOYESYES
JapanSOMENONOYESNOYES
JerseyNOSOMENONOYESYES
JordanNOSOMENOYESYESYES
KazakhstanNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
KenyaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Kiribati*NONONOYESNONO
KuwaitNONONOYESNOYES
Kyrgyzstan*NOSOMENOYESYESYES
Lao PDRNONOSOMEYESYESYES
LatviaYESYESYESYESYESYES
LebanonNONONONOYESYES
LesothoNONONOYESYESYES
LiberiaNOSOMESOMENOYESYES
LibyaNONOSOMEYESNONO
LiechtensteinYESYESYESYESYESYES
LithuaniaYESYESYESYESYESYES
LuxembourgYESYESYESYESYESYES
MacauNOSOMENOYESYESYES
MadagascarNONONOYESNOYES
MalawiNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
MalaysiaNONONONONONO
MaldivesNONONONONONO
MaliNONOSOMEYESYESYES
MaltaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Marshall Islands*NONONO[YES]YESYES
MartiniqueNONONONOYESYES
MauritaniaNONONONO[SOME]NO
Mauritius*NONOSOMEYESNOYES
MayotteNONONONOYESYES
Mexico*SOMESOMESOMEYESYESYES
Micronesia*NONONOYESNOYES
MonacoNONONOYESYESYES
MongoliaYESYESYESYESYESYES
MontenegroYESYESYESYESYESYES
MontserratNONONONO[YES]YES
Morocco*NONONONOYESYES
Mozambique*NONONONOYESYES
MyanmarNONONONONOYES
Namibia*NOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
NauruNONOSOMEYESYES[YES]
NepalYESYESYESYESYESYES
NetherlandsYESYESYESYESYESYES
New CaledoniaNONONONOYESYES
New ZealandYESYESYESYESYESYES
NicaraguaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Niger*NONONONONOYES
NigeriaNONONONOSOMESOME
NiueNONONONOYESYES
Northern Mariana IslandsNONONONOYESYES
NorwayYESYESYESYESYESYES
Oman*NONOSOMEYESNOYES
Pakistan*SOMESOMESOMESOMESOMESOME
Palau*NONONONONOYES
Panama*NONONONOYESYES
Papua New Guinea*NOSOMENONOYESYES
ParaguayYESYESYESYESYESYES
PeruYESYESYESYESYESYES
Philippines*NOYESYESYESYESYES
Pitcairn IslandsYESYESYESYESYESYES
PolandYESYESYESYESYESYES
PortugalYESYESYESYESYESYES
Puerto RicoNONONOYESYESYES
QatarNONONONOYESNO
Republic of KoreaSOMESOMESOMESOMEYESYES
Republic of KosovoNONOSOMEYESYESYES
Republic of MoldovaYESYESYESYESYESYES
ReunionNONONONOYESYES
RomaniaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Russian FederationNONOSOMEYESYESYES
Rwanda*NONONOYESYESYES
Samoa*NONOSOMESOMEYESYES
San MarinoYESYESYESYESYESYES
Sao Tome and Principe*NONONOYES[YES]YES
Saudi ArabiaNONONONONONO
SenegalNONONOSOME[YES]YES
Serbia*NONOSOMEYESYESYES
Seychelles*NONOSOME[YES]NOYES
Sierra Leone*NONONONOYESYES
SingaporeNONO[SOME]NONONO
Slovakia*NOYESYESYESYESYES
SloveniaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Solomon IslandsNONONONOYESYES
SomaliaNOSOMESOMESOMESOMESOME
South Africa*NOYESYESYESYESYES
South SudanYESYESYESYESYESYES
SpainYESYESYESYESYESYES
Sri Lanka*NONONONOSOMEYES
St BarthelemyNONONONOYESYES
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
St Kitts and NevisNONONONONOYES
St LuciaNONONONONOYES
St MaartenYESYESYESYESYESYES
St MartinNONONONOYESYES
St Pierre et MiquelonNONONONOYESYES
St Vincent and the GrenadinesNONONONONONO
State of PalestineNONONOSOME[SOME][SOME]
SudanNONONO[SOME]NO[YES]
SurinameNONONONOYESYES
Svalbard and Jan Mayen IslandsYESYESYESYESYESYES
SwazilandNONONONONOYES
SwedenYESYESYESYESYESYES
switzerlandNO[SOME]YESYESYESYES
Syrian Arab RepublicNONONONONOYES
TaiwanNONOSOMEYESYESYES
Tajikistan*NONOSOMEYESNOYES
TFYR MacedoniaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Thailand*NONONOYESYESYES
Timor-Leste*NONONONOYESYES
TogoYESYESYESYESYESYES
TokelauNONONONO[NO]YES
TongaNONOSOMEYESYESNO
Trinidad and TobagoNOYESYESYESYESYES
TunisiaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Turkey*NONONOYESYESYES
TurkmenistanYESYESYESYESYESYES
Turks and Caicos IslandsNONONONO[YES]YES
TuvaluNOSOMENONOSOMESOME
Uganda*NONONOYESYESYES
UKNOSOMESOMEYESYESYES
UkraineYESYESYESYESYESYES
United Arab Emirates*NONONOYESYESNO
UR TanzaniaNOSOMENONOSOMESOME
UruguayYESYESYESYESYESYES
USANOSOMESOMESOMESOMEYES
US Virgin IslandsNONONONOYESYES
UzbekistanNONONOYESYESYES
VanuatuNONONOYESYESSOME
VenezuelaYESYESYESYESYESYES
Viet NamNONONOYESYESYES
Wallis and Futuna IslandsNONONONOYESYES
Western SaharaNO[NO][NO][NO][YES][YES]
YemenNONOSOMEYESYESNO
Zambia*NONOSOMEYESYESYES
Zimbabwe*NONONONONONO

 

The above information is based wherever possible on examination of national legislation; additional information is gathered from many sources, including reports to and by the UN human rights treaty bodies. We are very grateful to government officials, UNICEF and other UN agencies, NGOs and human rights institutions, and many individuals who have assisted us in our research. We welcome corrections and updates: email info@endcorporalpunishment.org.

States with an asterisk after their name are committed to enacting prohibition: for further details on all states and territories see the individual country reports on this website.