NEWS:ILO adopts pact banning worst child labour

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Subject: NEWS:ILO adopts pact banning worst child labour
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jun 24 1999 - 08:12:37 EDT


ILO adopts pact banning worst child
labour

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - The International Labour
Organisation (ILO) on Thursday adopted a treaty banning the
worst forms of child labour, including slavery and trafficking.

The pact was approved by ILO's 174 member states, as well as
workers' and employers' representatives at the U.N. agency's
annual meeting. ``We are unanimous,'' Ghana's labour minister Alhaji
Mohammad Mumuni, who chairs
the talks, announced after 411 delegations voted in favour and none
against.

The convention, which aims to protect those under 18, targets child
slavery, forced labour, trafficking,
debt bondage, serfdom, prostitution, pornography and exploitative work in
industries using dangerous
machinery and hazardous substances.

The ILO pact will come into force after two states have ratified it,
officials said.

U.S. President Clinton backed the treaty in a speech to the ILO meeting
on Wednesday, saying: ``We
must wipe from the Earth the most vicious forms of abusive child labour.
Every single day, tens of
millions of children work in conditions that shock the conscience.''

The Geneva-based ILO estimates that in developing countries alone, 250
million children between the
ages of five and 14 years work.

Thursday June 17, 8:04 am Eastern Time

CORRECTED - CORRECTED - ILO
adopts pact banning worst child labour

In GENEVA story headlined ``ILO adopts pact banning worst child
labour,'' the ILO has changed the vote count originally announced.
In second paragraph please read ...after 415 delegations voted in
favour... instead of ...411 delegations... (correcting number of
votes).

A corrected story follows.

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - The International Labour Organisation (ILO)
on Thursday adopted a
treaty banning the worst forms of child labour, including slavery and
trafficking.

The pact was approved by ILO's 174 member states, as well as workers' and
employers
representatives at the U.N. agency's annual meeting. ``We are
unanimous,'' Ghana's labour minister
Alhaji Mohammad Mumuni, who chairs the talks, announced after 415
delegations voted in favour with
none against.

The convention, which aims to protect those under 18, targets child
slavery, forced labour, trafficking,
debt bondage, serfdom, prostitution, pornography and exploitative work in
industries using dangerous
machinery and hazardous substances.

The ILO pact will come into force after two states have ratified it,
officials said.

U.S. President Clinton backed the treaty in a speech to the ILO meeting
on Wednesday, saying: ``We
must wipe from the Earth the most vicious forms of abusive child labour.
Every single day, tens of
millions of children work in conditions that shock the conscience.''

The Geneva-based ILO estimates that in developing countries alone, 250
million children between the
ages of five and 14 years work.


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