Fourteen states were reviewed at the 29th session of the Universal Periodic Review in January 2018. All states that have not yet prohibited corporal punishment in all settings except one received recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children:
- The Bahamas, Barbados, Burundi, France, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates all received recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings – their respective Governments deferred giving a response until the 38th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2018.
- Tonga supported a recommendation to prohibit judicial corporal punishment and another to abolish the provisions which authorise corporal punishment. We are seeking to establish the Government’s intentions in supporting these recommendations.
- Botswana ‘noted’ (did not support) several recommendations to prohibit in all settings. In Botswana, corporal punishment of children is still lawful in every setting of children’s lives, including as a sentence for a crime.
- Montenegro, which enacted a full legal prohibition in 2016, supported a recommendation to raise awareness of the ban.
Mali did not receive a recommendation to prohibit corporal punishment, despite the legality of its use in the home. Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Romania have prohibited corporal punishment in all settings; they did not receive recommendations on the issue.
For further details, see the Global Initiative’s individual country reports: Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Burundi, France, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates.