Peer Review on Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Continued in Tajikistan

On 1 -3 December 2016 the second round of the Peer Review on the elimination and prevention of child labour and its worst forms was held in Tajikistan.

News | 03 December 2016
Expert groups from Kyrgyzstan met with members of the Inter-agency Coordinating Council on Elimination of WFCL, and with its chair, the First Deputy Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment of Tajikistan  Emin Sanginzoda. He introduced the overall operation of the council and stressed the importance of the peer review mechanism in finding  effective approaches for the eradication of WFCL in the country.

The  Head of State Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Labour, Migration and Employment (labour inspection), Dustmurod Murodzoda Dustmurod noted the importance of "the mechanism of cross-country expert assessment of approaches to fight child labor4 and called it “a unique way to communicate, exchange experience and information, and establish cooperation between the countries of the Central Asia ".

A panel discussion with representatives responsible for policy in the field  of child labour was built around such  topics as "The role of CLM Sector in the establishment of a national CLMS", "The results of the implementation of the National Programme for the Elimination of WFCL in Tajikistan 2015-2020" and "The mechanism for applying the List of Hazardous Child Labour for children below 18 year old ".

On the second day the members of the expert group visited the Child Labour Unit at the  Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Tajikistan and the Resource Center "Education and child labour" at the Union of Education and Science Workers of Tajikistan. They also met with the deputies of the Parliament of Tajikistan. It was noted that parliamentarians strongly influence the development and implementation of the national policy on child labour through adopting national legislation and approving budgets allocations on the  National Action Plan for 2015-2020.

The expert group also visited the open lesson on "Child labour: causes and consequences" at school No. 101 in Dushanbe, and met with the staff of the International Organization for Migration, the Union  of Employers and  NGOs to discuss the topic of forced child labour in the agricultural sector.

The last day of peer review was devoted to the visit to the Khatlon Oblast and meetings with the Kulob city administration, members of the CLM Committee, staff of the local Center for Adult Education where CL monitoring system was piloted, as well as the children, their parents and employers.

Based on the information gathered during the visit the review team from Kyrgyzstan will comply a draft report on Tajikistan’s policies and strategies on elimination of child labour and its worst forms, including conclusions and recommendations to improve these policies.