States receive recommendations on corporal punishment at UPR 31

The Universal Periodic Review’s 31st session finished on 16 November 2018. Most of the states which were under examination by the Working Group received recommendations on corporal punishment:

  • Monaco supported several clear recommendations to adopt legislation explicitly prohibiting corporal punishment of children in all settings.
  • Chad and Senegal gave mixed responses to recommendations on corporal punishment, both supporting one and noting the other.
  • Belize noted (did not support) recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children.
  • The Central African Republic, China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico and Saudi Arabia all received recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment and deferred their responses to the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2019.
  • Congo (Republic of) received recommendations on the implementation of the existing ban to eliminate corporal punishment and deferred its answer until March 2019.


Jordan and Nigeria did not receive specific recommendations on corporal punishment, despite not having enacted a ban. Malta, which achieved prohibition in 2014, also did not receive a recommendation on corporal punishment.


For further details, see the Global Initiative’s individual country reports for Belize, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Congo (Republic of), Jordan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Senegal.

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