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GENEVA, Oct 15 (LSN) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded its sixteenth session on October 10. The Committee issued recommendations to six countries: The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Australia, Uganda, Czech Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Togo. Recommendations included making spanking illegal even in the home.

Reminding the countries of their obligations to follow the Convention the Committee requested that…

“the Government initiate a comprehensive review of existing legislation with a view to undertaking adequate legislative reform to ensure full conformity of its legislation to the Convention.”“plans be envisaged on reproductive health measures designed to reduce teenage pregnancies and strengthen information and prevention programmes to combat HIV/AIDS and sexually transmittable diseases.”“corporal punishment within the family, at school or in care institutions be prohibited by law.”

Similar recommendations were made to the Canadian government in its review by the same UN committee.

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