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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Committee Report : Youth and Child Affairs

The First Report of the Committee on Sport, Youth and Child Affairs for the Fourth Session of the Tenth National Assembly appointed on 25 September 2009.

According to the report nearly a million children are engaged in child labour. Government policy in this area has apparently been hampered by poor funding, which does not bode well for the call to "criminalise" child labour. Even ignoring whether such a move makes economic sense given the underlying causes of child labour cited in the report (poverty, health, etc), the police have inadequate resources and the jails are full. Not sure creating a new criminal offence will solve the problem.

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