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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Nov 26 2000 - 21:52:02 EST


           ILO Convention Against Child Labour Takes Effect ...

OTC 11/22/00 3:44 PM

  Cotonou, Benin (PANA) (Panafrican News Agency, November 20, 2000) - The
ILO Convention on the eradication of the worst forms of child labour, came
into force Sunday in Benin, an official of the UN agency said in Cotonou.
    Oscar de Souza, co-ordinator for the International Programme for the
Eradication of Child Labour (IPEC) said the protocol unanimously adopted by
the International Labour Conference in June 1999, covers youths under 18
years, in pursuance of the definition of the UN Convention on children's
rights.
    However, this does not replace the 1973 Convention, which puts the
minimum age for employment at 15 years.
    IPEC insists on the need for political will and commitment by States in
co- operation with NGOs and the civil society, to fight the exploitation of
children.
    The recent discovery of some 1,200 Benin children, who were trying to
board a ship for Gabon, revealed the scope of the phenomenon of child
trafficking in the West African country.
    Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius,
Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo and Zimbabwe have
already ratified convention 182, among other UN member nations.
    Copyright 2000 Panafrican News Agency. Distributed by AllAfrica Global
Media (allAfrica.com).
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