Human Rights Committee issues recommendation on corporal punishment at latest session

The Human Rights Committee held its 124th session in October/November 2018 and issued recommendations on corporal punishment of children:

  • To Belize, the Committee recommended that the Government take all measures necessary to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings, including through the repeal of the provisions of the Criminal Code which permit the use of corporal punishment, and conduct awareness raising campaigns about the harmful effects of corporal punishment.
  • The Committee expressed concern to Sudan that, despite previous recommendations, flogging and amputation is still provided for as a sentence for a crime, including for minors. It recommended that such provisions are repealed from domestic legislation.


For further details, see the Global Initiative’s individual country reports for Belize and Sudan.

For further information on the obligation to prohibit corporal punishment under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to see the Committee’s recommendations in full, see the Global Initiative’s page on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.