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MP calls for criminalization of child labor in Iraq

Photo taken on March 12th, 2017 shows Iraqi children sitting amidst the rubble of a street in Mosul's Nablus neighbourhood in front of a billboard bearing the logo of the 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria' during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the western parts of the city from ISIS fighters. [Aris Messinis/AFP]
2021-05-10

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SULAIMANI — Deputy Head of Iraq’s Council of Representatives’ Human Rights Committee Qusay Abbas on Monday (May 10) called on the government and lawmakers to criminalize child labor in Iraq and end the practice.

Abbas told state-run Iraqi News Agency (INA) that the exploitation of children for labor in Iraq is a cause for concern and it “must stop.”

He said that the exploitation is “a flagrant violation of the rights” of children, adding that authorities must have legal procedures to prosecute anyone who exploits children, especially if it involves hard, physical labor.

Executive and judicial authorities must play their roles and parliament must find legal provisions to reduce this phenomenon, he said.

On Sunday, the Council of Ministers approved a draft Child Protection Law submitted by the Ministry of Labor and referred it to the Council of Representatives.

(NRT Digital Media)