Over 30% of children in Kyrgyzstan do hard labour

More than a third of children in Kyrgyzstan are forced to do jobs that are unacceptable for their age, according to a study released on Thursday.

News | 14 May 2009
The study, conducted by the Kyrgyz National Statistics Committee in conjunction with the presidential administration, found that 96% of the 600,000 working children aged between 5 and 17 work either in agriculture or in a family business.

Children account for 21.9% of the workforce in Kyrgyzstan, which has a population of 5 million. There are 1.46 million children aged between 5 and 17 in the former Soviet republic.

National laws prohibit the employment of children under the age of 14.

The study was conducted with technical assistance and methodological support from the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor.

Source: RIA "Novosti"