[CrashList] REPORT EXPOSES GLOBAL SPREAD OF CHILD LABOUR

Mrs. Jela Jovanovic nerajov at EUnet.yu
Tue Nov 21 14:57:33 MST 2000


Reply-To: "Global March Against Child Labour" <yatra at del2.vsnl.net.in>

REPORT EXPOSES GLOBAL SPREAD OF CHILD LABOUR

New Delhi, November 20 - A report released today by the Global
March Against Child Labour shows the shocking exploitation of
children in almost every part of the world.  From rich country
to poor, there seems to be no escape for children suffering in
the worst forms of child labour.

Issued a day after ILO Convention 182 comes into legal force,
the report presents a clear and urgent agenda to the world community.
 It is the first ever comprehensive country-by-country review
of the problems of child slavery, child prostitution, child soldiers,
and other hazardous child labour.

The Global March will be looking for governments, international
agencies, and ordinary people to use the information in "Out
of the Shadows: A Worldwide Report on the Worst Forms of Child
Labour" to initiate concrete programs to protect children. With
thousands of partners in 140 countries, the Global March is the
single largest movement on behalf of the world's 250 million
child labourers.  The movement was instrumental in the establishment
of ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

"We did not march 80,000 km just to have nice words put on a
piece of paper.  We are determined to see that these promises
make a real difference in the lives of exploited children," said
Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of the Global March. "This report
is the voice of millions of children calling for help."

"Out of the Shadows", is now available online through the website,
"www.globalmarch.org".  Some of the disturbing data in the report
includes:

     * 5,000 children between 6 and 14 years of age were recently
found in secret and illegal workshops in Guatemala City.  They
were being used for the manufacture of fireworks and other explosive
products.

     * Half of the prostitutes on the streets of Sudbury, Canada
are under 15 years old, and some are as young as 11.

     * 3,000 Albanian children have been trafficked to Italy
and Greece to be used for begging and cleaning windows and cars
without pay.

     * An estimated 400,000 children under 15 are working as
full-time domestic servants in Jakarta, Indonesia.

     * In a single district of Uganda, 4,000 children have been
abducted to fight as child soldiers in the Lord's Resistance
Army.

The report not only documents the situation in every single country,
but also shows what can and is being done against child labour.
The report suggests many constructive steps that governments,
businesses, trade unions, NGOs, and children themselves can take
to address the problem.  It also reviews the efforts that governments
have made since the unanimous adoption of Convention 182 in June
of last year.  The report will be an invaluable tool for everyone
working towards a world free of child exploitation.

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

Global March International Secretariat
Address:  L-6 Kalkaji, New Delhi-19, INDIA
Telephone:     (91 11) 622-4899, 647-5481
Fax:           (91 11) 623-6818
E-mail:   yatra at del2.vsnl.net.in, childhood at globalmarch.org
Website:  www.globalmarch.org


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