Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Monday, 20 May 1957


Mr Bryant (WILLS, VICTORIA) t asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   On what occasions has the proposal to abolish corporal punishment in colonial territories been discussed by the United Nations since 1st January, 1950?

2.   What were the resolutions, and what was the voting on each occasion?


Mr Casey - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Corporal punishment in colonial territories has been discussed in the Fourth Committee of the United Nations on two occasions since 1st January, 1950: (a) in December, 1950, during the Fifth Session, and (b) in January, 1952, during the Sixth Session.

2.   The texts of the two resolutions adopted, 440 (V) and 562 (VI), are as follows:- 440 (V). Abolition of corporal punishment in Trust Territories.

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 323 (IV) endorsing the recommendation of the Trusteeship Council for the immediate abolition of corporal punishment in the Trust Territories,

Noting the several statements contained in the report of the Trusteeship Council to the present session of the General Assembly to the effect that such punishment is still being applied,

Recommends that measures be taken immediately to bring about the complete abolition of corporal punishment in all Trust Territories where it still exists, and requests the Administering Authorities of those Territories to report on this matter to the General Assembly at its next regular session - 316th plenary meeting, 2nd December, 1950. 562 (VI). Abolition of corporal punishment in Trust Territories.

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 440 (V) of 2nd December, 1950, in which it recommended that measures should be taken immediately to bring about the complete abolition of corporal punishment in all Trust Territories where it still existed,

Considering that the said resolution does not establish any distinction between the native and territorial judicial authorities which are empowered, by law or by custom, to award such punishment,

Having noted the reports submitted in pursuance of the said resolution by the Administering Authorities concerned,

1   . Notes that measures have been taken to reduce the number of offences in respect of which the penalty is applied,

2.   Notes the arguments presented by the Administering Authorities concerned to explain why this penalty has not yet completely disappeared;

3.   Is of the opinion nevertheless that these considerations should not prevent the complete abolition of corporal punishment in the Trust Territories where it still exists;

4.   Urges that corporal punishment (by whip, cane or any other means) should be completely abolished as a disciplinary punishment in all prisons of the Trust Territories where it still exists;

5.   Recommends that Administering Authorities should enforce immediately legislation with a view to replacing corporal punishment in all cases by methods of modern penology;

6.   Repeats its previous recommendations and urges the Administering Authorities concerned to comply with them without delay. - 361st plenary meeting, 18th January, 1952. 440 (V).was adopted 55-0-2 (Australia supporting). 562 (Vi) was adopted 48-0-4 (Australia abstaining).







Suggest corrections