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Congo Officials Vow To Tackle Child Labour At Mines As Virus Threatens Spike

Congo Officials Vow To Tackle Child Labour At Mines As Virus Threatens Spike

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo’s southeastern mining heartland are boosting efforts to tackle child labour amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could drive more families to put their children to work in mines, officials said. Congo is Africa’s main producer of copper and the top global source of cobalt, accounting for two-thirds of global […]

Child Labour, Marriages On Rise In Yemen As COVID Spreads-UN agency

Child Labour, Marriages On Rise In Yemen As COVID Spreads-UN agency

The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday its work in Yemen was near a “potential breaking point” as coronavirus spreads in the war-damaged country, with rising numbers of families resorting to begging, child labour and marrying of children. Around 80 percent of Yemen’s malnourished population relies on humanitarian assistance, making it the world’s biggest humanitarian […]

Tesla, Apple Among Firms Accused of Aiding Child Labour In Africa

Tesla, Apple Among Firms Accused of Aiding Child Labour In Africa

images in the court documents, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., showed children with disfigured or missing limbs Five of the world’s largest tech companies have been accused of being complicit in the death of children in Africa forced to mine cobalt, a metal used to make telephones and computers, in a landmark […]

Ghana, Ivory Coast Cocoa Floor Price Seen As Small Step Toward Ending Child Labour

Ghana, Ivory Coast Cocoa Floor Price Seen As Small Step Toward Ending Child Labour

About 1.6 million children are estimated to work in cocoa production in Ivory Coast and Ghana, some for their parents and some trafficked from other countries Ghana and Ivory Coast’s move this week to set a minimum price for cocoa beans could help reduce child labour, though it will not be enough on its own, […]

World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of […]

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Illegal Mines And Local Mafia Take Shine Off Latin American Gold

Oscar was 16 when his cousin “sold” him to the owner of an illegal gold mine deep in Peru’s Amazonian jungle. Life in Madre de Dios – a huge encampment scarred by deforestation and mercury-filled pools – was dirty, desperate and dangerous: food and water were scarce; malaria and yellow fever were rampant; and trafficked […]

Vauxhall And BMW Among Car Firms Linked To Child Labour Over Glittery Mica Paint

Vauxhall And BMW Among Car Firms Linked To Child Labour Over Glittery Mica Paint

Some of the world’s biggest car makers including Vauxhall, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi are launching investigations into their paint supply chains after the Guardian linked their suppliers to illegal mines in India where child labour and debt bondage are widespread. Children as young as 10 work at mines for mica, a mineral that creates the […]

Surge In Gold Prices Brings No Change In Fortune For Madagascar’s Miners

Surge In Gold Prices Brings No Change In Fortune For Madagascar’s Miners

A drumming sound reverberates across the bridge and over the valley: the gold panners are hard at work. Dotted along the edges of a river bed are hundreds of people, rhythmically banging wooden poles into the red earth. They are gold miners “sampling” the dry soil for the precious metal. Crouched alongside them are other […]

Children Working In Indonesia’s Tobacco Fields Risk Poisoning

Children Working In Indonesia’s Tobacco Fields Risk Poisoning

Children working in Indonesia’s tobacco fields are being exposed to acute nicotine poisoning and serious safety hazards as child labour continues unabated in the industry according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The world’s fifth-largest tobacco producer, Indonesia has more than 500,000 tobacco fields feeding the national and international tobacco markets. While international […]