Human Rights Council’s 39th session adopts final reports for UPR 30

The Human Rights Council adopted final working group reports during its 39th session in September 2018, which included states’ formal responses to recommendations extended at the Universal Periodic Review’s 30th session. States can either ‘support’ (accept) or ‘note’ UPR recommendations.

  • Azerbaijan had already supported recommendations to enact prohibition of corporal punishment; it supported a further two recommendations to enact the Draft Law on Protection of Children Against All Forms of Corporal Punishment. The draft Law has been in discussions since 2011.
  • Djibouti and the Russian Federation supported recommendations on the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.
  • Tuvalu noted several recommendations on the prohibition of all corporal punishment, stating that it admitted “to its lack of capacity and financial resources to implement the obligations in those recommendations”.
  • Burkina Faso noted without comments a recommendation to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, having earlier in the year accepted a more general recommendation to protect children from corporal punishment.
  • Cameroon, Canada and Cuba noted recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment, with both the Governments of Cameroon and Canada declaring that existing legislation protected children from assault and abuse. Bill S-206 is currently being discussed in the Canadian Senate to repeal the defence and prohibit all corporal punishment.
  • Cabo Verde supported recommendations to take measures to implement the 2013 ban and end corporal punishment of children in all settings.


For further details, see the Global Initiative’s news item on the initial outcomes of the 30th session of the Universal Periodic Review. See also the individual country reports of states reviewed in UPR 30: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, and Uzbekistan.