Inter-American human rights standards

Some Caribbean states have ratified the American Convention on Human Rights (details on ratifications are given in state and territory reports).

In 2008, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to issue an advisory opinion on corporal punishment of children. In response, the Court stated that this was unnecessary because the Court’s existing jurisprudence and the obligations of states under other international instruments, particularly the Convention on the Rights of the Child, are clear: children have a right to protection in the private and the public spheres and this requires legislative as well as other measures.

In 2009, the office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child in the Commission published the Report on Corporal Punishment and Human Rights of Children and Adolescents, which calls on member states of the Organisation of American States to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings.