On the heels of the comments made by the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, and Minister of National Security, Michael Peyrefitte on the issue of corporal punishment, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow issued a statement condemning the use of corporal punishment. For context, we share with you yesterday’s interview with Williams and Peyrefitte. The following excerpt was said in the context of disciplining children that interview before they turn to the streets and end up in prison.
Special Envoy Kim Simpliss Barrow, via Facebook, wrote that she strongly condemns the use of corporal punishment as a means of disciplining children at home. She says that children must be protected from all forms of physical violence, injury, or abuse, including the practice of corporal punishment as stated in the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In her statement, she highlighted that recommendations have been made to Belize by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Human Rights Committee to remove provisions of the Criminal Code that permit the use of corporal punishment in the home. According to Special Envoy Barrow parents and caregivers are encouraged to use positive discipline methods that teach children appropriate behaviors through respectful and non-violent practices such as correcting misbehavior, rewarding correct behavior, and consequences.