Child Labour Belies Talk of Rights [Turkmenistan]

Author: News Briefing Central Asia, Institute for War and Peace Reporting , Published on: 4 December 2006

Although the Turkmen government insists that protecting children is a priority, NBCentralAsia [News Briefing Central Asia] analysts say their basic rights are ignored and child labour is actively encouraged...Turkmenistan – which is a signatory to UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – passed laws in 2002 and 2005 prohibiting the employment of children under 16 years and regulating children’s right to protection from exploitation. Despite this...Turkmen authorities continue to cover up the real problems affecting young people: the lack of protection from exploitative work, forced labour, restricted access to pre-school education, and poor-quality schooling...

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