Kazakhstan: Combating Child Labour Discussed at Ministry of Labour

On the eve of the World Day Against Child Labour, the Coordination Council to Combat the Worst Forms of Child Labour has held its meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kazakhstan.

News | 31 May 2021
The meeting was attended by Akmadi Sarbasov, Senior Vice Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Elvira Asimova, Human Rights Ombudsman in Kazakhstan, Arman Sabitov and Ermek Alpysov, Deputy Akims of the Turkestan and Karaganda Regions, Esengazy Imangaliev, Chairman of the Committee for Protection of Children’s Rights under the Ministry of Education and Science, Alexei Milyuk, Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Police Committee under the Ministry of Interior and others.

In opening the meeting, Akmadi Sarbasov remarked that 2021 is declared the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the number of child workers worldwide declined by 38 percent over the last decade but 152 million children are still involved in child labour.

“Addressing children’s problems is a national priority”, the Vice Minister said.
Kazakhstan ratified the core ILO Minimum Age and Worst Forms of Child Labour Conventions. The Government of Kazakhstan is also implementing the 2020-2022 Action Plan on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and the 2021-2023 Plan for Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking.

Authorized public agencies (labour inspectorates, prosecutor’s offices, education departments) exercise control to protect the rights of minors.

It has been found that minors tend to be involved in exploitative practices during summer vacations. Children aged 12 to 18 work at small firms, marketplaces, car wash and repair stations, and food service outlets. The most typical violations involve a lack of employment contract.

In the course of the meeting, Deputy Akims of the Turkestan and Karaganda Regions told about high-profile cases of child labour identified in 2020 while representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Interior discussed the work under way to address the exploitative child labour.

In summing up the discussion, Akmadi Sarbasov recommended, in particular, to further the implementation of the 2020-2022 Action Plan on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and to step up the outreach efforts in regions, at enterprises and among workers as envisaged by the Coordination Council’s Plan.

Reported by www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/enbek/press/news/details/209777?lang=ru