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Ghana: Gold refiners should act on child labour, says HRW researcher

Author: Juliane Kippenberg, Human Rights Watch, Published on: 12 June 2015

"Dispatches: Ghana: Gold Refiners Should Act On Child Labor", 12 June 2015:...Mining is one of the most hazardous types of child labor, yet Ghana and many other countries have large numbers of children working in the sector...The International Labour Organization estimates that about one million children work in artisanal mining...International gold refiners hold significant power in the supply chain, as fewer than 20 companies refine most of the world's gold...Human Rights Watch found that several international refiners that source from Ghana...have not implemented sufficient measures to ensure that gold mined by children doesn't enter their supply chains...But some companies are taking important steps in the right direction...Guidance by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recommends specific measures that companies should put in place to ensure they do not contribute to human rights violations...in conflict areas. Refiners should take a leading role in making these principles a reality...[Refers to Metalor, Kaloti, Kundan, Precious Minerals Marketing Company,Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP)]

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