Most of the states under review at the 33rd session of the Universal Periodic Review, which took place in May 2019, received recommendations on corporal punishment:
- Bhutan received several recommendations on corporal punishment of children. The Government supported a recommendation to eradicate corporal punishment in homes and schools and a recommendation to prohibit all forms of corporal punishment, but deferred responding to other similar recommendations until the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in September 2019.
- Dominica, DPR Korea, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Qatar all received recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings and deferred their responses to September 2019.
- Brunei Darussalam received several recommendations to prohibit judicial corporal punishment of children – the Government deferred responding until September 2019.
- Albania and Costa Rica received recommendations on the effective implementation of their bans and deferred their responses. Portugal supported a similar recommendation.
Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia did not receive specific recommendations on corporal punishment, despite not having enacted a ban. Nicaragua and Norway, which achieved prohibition in 2014 and 1987 respectively, also did not receive a recommendation on corporal punishment.
- For more information on each of these states, see our detailed reports for Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominica, DPR Korea, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Norway, Portugal and Qatar.
- For more information on the review process, visit our page on the Universal Periodic Review.
- For information on how you can support the campaign to protect all children from corporal punishment, visit our Get involved page.