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HRW Statement: "Zimbabwe: Tobacco Work Harming Children: Government, Companies Failing to Protect Workers, Small-Scale Farmers"
Author: Human Rights Watch (USA), Published on: 9 April 2018
"Zimbabwe: Tobacco Work Harming Children: Government, Companies Failing to Protect Workers, Small-Scale Farmers", 5 April 2018
(Harare) – Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe’s tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child labor and other human rights abuses on tobacco farms in Zimbabwe tarnish the tobacco industry’s contributions to the country’s economic growth and improved livelihoods. The 105-page report, “A Bitter Harvest: Child Labor and Human Rights Abuses on Tobacco Farms in Zimbabwe,” documents how children work in hazardous conditions, performing tasks that threaten their health and safety or interfere with their education. Child workers are exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides, and many suffer symptoms consistent with nicotine poisoning from handling tobacco leaves. Adults working on tobacco farms in Zimbabwe also face serious health risks and labor abuses...