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Spotlight on child labour prevention

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Children at the playground. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Unicef has welcomed a reminder issued by the Labour Ministry for businesses to prevent child labour.

Unicef issued a statement on Monday that said child labour deprives children of the right to go to school, exposes them to violence and reinforces a cycle of poverty.

“One of our priorities is to advocate for more social workers who are able to provide support to those vulnerable children and their families,” the staement said. “We are also supporting the implementation of social assistance programmes to make sure vulnerable and disadvantaged children have equitable access to quality public services.”

The statement followed a reminder issued by the Labour Ministry last week, when Labour Minister Ith Samheng said the business community must avoid employing minors at their enterprises.

“The ministry will take legal action on business owners who are caught making this mistake,” Mr Samheng said.

Cambodia, as a signatory country to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is obligated to protect children’s rights and keep them from harm, Unicef said.

Unicef works with the government and NGO partners to strengthen child protection systems. It noted that children from poor families can receive financial support to enable them to attend school.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper

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