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Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

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Jointly published by Save the Children

PDF document Global Report 2012 (singles).pdf

The Global Initiative’s global progress report for 2012 is now available (attached), published jointly with Save the Children.

Ending legalised violence against children: Global report 2012 – the seventh report following up the UN Study on Violence against Children – reviews the progress and delays in prohibiting corporal punishment of children throughout the world, with examples of regional and national developments. It shows how prohibiting corporal punishment is not only a child rights issue but is closely linked with the rights of women, the rights of persons with disabilities, and the right to health. It lists the 33 states which have achieved prohibition in all settings, the 26 which have not fully prohibited corporal punishment in any setting, the 75 which have accepted recommendations on corporal punishment made during the UPR, the 28 which have rejected such recommendations and the more than 80 states with immediate opportunities to enact prohibition.

In a message to the report, Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the Independent Expert who led the UN Study, writes:

"The Global Initiative has painstakingly mapped the legality and prevalence of corporal punishment in every state, as well as the cumulative pressure on states from human rights monitoring bodies including now the Universal Periodic Review. The detailed analyses make all too clear that states must be kept under unrelenting and explicit pressure to fulfill their immediate human rights obligations to end the legality of violent punishment of children. States cannot plead lack of resources to delay extending to children full protection under the law. As the report demonstrates there are legislative opportunities now in more than 80 states which could be used to achieve a ban in some or all settings; we must work together to ensure active advocacy to achieve this essential reform."

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Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children
94, White Lion Street
London, N1 9PF
Tel: +44 20 7713 0569

Last updated 11/12/2012 10:23:48

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lugemwa Huzairu Ali wrote on 24/02/2013:
Great for this update about corporal punishment of children. I am Ugandan but currently in Tanzania in Aga Khan University, Dar es Salaam doing my research. I am a student and teacher, but empathetically got concerned with massive corporal punishment in Tanzanian primary and secondary schools, thus decided that my research should take a phenomenological approach, considering the lived experiences of victims of corporal punishment in schools, hoping that their experiences will in reflection to my experiences as victim of school corporal punishment may be a contribution to its proponents to change their efforts and respect the learners' safety and rights in school.
Thank you for the endless global efforts

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