Treaty bodies

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is applicable in all states and territories in which CCACPC works except for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In 2006, the Committee on the Rights of Child, which monitors implementation of the Convention, issued General Comment No. 8 on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment, which makes it clear that states must prohibit all corporal punishment of children in all settings of their lives, including the family home. The Committee on the Rights of the Child consistently recommends prohibition to states it examines, including states in the Caribbean. It has also recommended that France, the Netherlands and the UK prohibit corporal punishment in all their overseas departments, territories and dependencies.

Other treaty bodies including the Committee Against Torture, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Human Rights Committee have made recommendations concerning corporal punishment to states in the Caribbean and to sovereign states with Caribbean territories. All recommendations concerning corporal punishment are included in the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children's state and territory reports.

The Committee emphasizes that eliminating violent and humiliating punishment of children, through law reform and other necessary measures, is an immediate and unqualified obligation of States parties.”

(UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2006), General Comment No. 8: The right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment (arts. 19; 28, para. 2; and 37, inter alia))