Global progress and delay leaflet March 2016


Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: progress and delay

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Publication date

March 2016

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More than half of all UN member states have now prohibited corporal punishment in all settings, including the home, or have committed to doing so. The adoption of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including target 16.2 to end all forms of violence against children, requires renewed attention to accelerate progress towards universal prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment.

This revised and updated briefing summarises global progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition of all corporal punishment of children, including in the home, providing up to date facts and figures to support efforts to ensure states meet their obligations under international human rights law to protect children from corporal punishment in law and in practice.

The briefing identifies the now 48 states where prohibition has been achieved and the 53 where governments are publicly committed to law reform, as well as the 36 states where corporal punishment is lawful as a sentence of the courts and the 21 where it has not yet been fully prohibited in any setting of children's lives. Other information is graphically presented in this handy A5 leaflet.

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