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Tuesday June 13, 2017 | To read the entire article, click here http://news.trust.org/item/20170613151031-0l3yq/

India has ratified two significant global agreements to fight child slavery, and thus committed the country to better international labor standards regarding employment of children.  These laws will also subject the country to more scrutiny by other nations.

India’s census found there were more than four million laborers aged between five and 14 in 2011 out of 168 million globally, but activists say millions more are at risk due to poverty. Indian Minister of Labor Bandaru Dattatreya said in statement the ratification reaffirmed the country’s “commitment to a child labor free society.” […]

The new agreements, which specify a minimum age of work and prohibit using minors in areas like armed conflict, prostitution, or drug trafficking, will lead nations to adopt the standards and to be reviewed every four years. […]

Nobel Laureate and activist Kailash Satyarthi [Founder, Bachpan Bachao Andolan] refers to the ratifications as a paradigm shift. “For years, India was saying we don’t have child slavery and was hesitant to admit the worst forms of child labor exist here, but now this government has agreed that this is a problem and that is why we are ratifying the conventions.” […]

India has one of largest populations of children in the world, with more than 40 percent of its 1.2 billion people below the age of 18, according to its 2011 census. […]

Source: Freedom United
URL: https://www.freedomunited.org/news/india-agrees-global-pacts-end-child-slavery/
Accessed: 28 November 2017

Interview “Kailash Satyarthi: The child rights champion” by Elizabeth Kuruvilla, livemint.com, 12 August 2016 | Read the full interview >>

[…] The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, has come after 30 long years, despite widespread awareness of gaps in the law.

It’s quite shocking, and sometimes disgusting, to see—we are all proud, I’m proud at least, of being an Indian, (belonging to) a land of great values. We have the legacy of Buddha and Gandhi, the legacy of compassion and love and justice; all these are taught to us right from our birth. But we still have the stigma of having the largest number of child labourers in the world. […]

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/ehtcRH1tQB1GsSDhha7nbJ/Kailash-Satyarthi-The-child-rights-champion.html
Accessed: 28 November 2017

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