MOLSA: Child la­bor dropped by 16%

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On the oc­ca­sion of the World Chil­dren Day, the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial Af­fairs of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment is­sued a state­ment on 1 June , 2014 in which it con­grat­u­lated all the chil­dren of the world and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion: “And es­pe­cially those chil­dren who work and are de­prived of cel­e­brat­ing their own day.”

“World Chil­dren Day comes at a time when Chil­dren Rights’ Law is be­ing drafted by an ex­pert com­mit­tee in the KRG,” reads the state­ment. “The draft is be­ing pre­pared in ac­cor­dance with the in­ter­na­tional treaties and agree­ments on chil­dren’s rights.”

The Min­istry states that one of their achieve­ments has been the launch of the chil­dren's hot­line (116). The hot­line is a mech­a­nism by which people can re­port vi­o­lence against chil­dren and vi­o­la­tions of their rights at home, school, work or any­where else.

“The hot­line is cur­rently op­er­a­tional in Er­bil and Suleimaniya Prov­inces, and we are work­ing hard to launch it in Duhok Prov­ince as well. This is in ad­di­tion to pre­par­ing the al­ter­na­tive fam­ily sys­tem for or­phans or those who live un­der vi­o­lence.”

An­other ef­fort by the Min­istry is es- tab­lish­ing the Higher Com­mit­tee for Chil­dren Rights Pro­tec­tion, which is aimed at pro­tect­ing chil­dren’s rights and de­vel­op­ing their ca­pac­i­ties.

“This board is af­fil­i­ated to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters legally and ad­min­is­tra­tively and is re­spon­si­ble for child pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lence, op­pres­sion, and mis­con­duct tar­get­ing chil­dren.”

The state­ments reads that in a re­search con­ducted in 2010 about the num­ber of work­ing chil­dren and the fac­tors be­hind child la­bor, they found out that com­pared to the year 2007 child la­bor had dropped by 16%.

“More­over, launch­ing an an­nual na­tional cam­paign about child la­bor and its im­pact on the chil­dren and the so­ci­ety is an­other ef­fort to up­root this phe­nom­e­non.”

The In­sti­tu­tions and Di­rec­torates of the Min­istry or­ga­nized events to cel­e­brate the Chil­dren’s Day all over the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, in which chil­dren showed their ca­pa­bil­i­ties in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as mu­sic, songs and other artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties.

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