Report Examines Global Efforts to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labor
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has released its annual report describing the efforts of 143 countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, which is one of the criteria for eligibility for trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences, the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act and the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The report tracks from year to year whether a country has made significant, moderate, minimal or no advancement, and this year a record ten 10 countries are listed as having received an assessment of significant advancement.
The bulk of this report is composed of individual country profiles that include a narrative assessment of government actions, a table with data on child labor and school attendance, five sections describing the prevalence of the problem and different aspects of government efforts to address it, information on relevant laws and ratification of international instruments, and a set of suggested actions. ILAB states that most of the discussion focuses on laws, coordination and enforcement efforts, and policies and social programs directly targeted at child labor, as well as programs to combat poverty and promote education that may contribute to the elimination of the worst forms of child labor.