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End child labour! Protect their rights!

Children are not slaves! They need love, care and education! 

Petition addressed to the government.

Children in Lebanon engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in construction and forced labor in agriculture. Children also engage in child labor in the production of potatoes and tobacco. 

Child labor has increased, and conditions that affect Lebanese and Syrian children have worsened since the influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon starting in 2011. As of December 2018, over 948,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon were registered with UNHCR, and more than half of them were children. Child labor is also prevalent in other refugee communities in Lebanon, including the Palestinian and Iraqi communities. 

Syrian girls are trafficked into Lebanon for commercial sexual exploitation under the guise of marriage. Some boys are also subjected to commercial sexual exploitation, particularly boys who work and Kurdish boys from Syria. Working on the streets is especially common among refugee children from Syria, including Palestinians from Syria. 

The UN reported that several armed groups recruited children to be used as guards or in support roles, such as in carrying weapons or food. 

Syrian children are also subjected to forced labor in agriculture. Some Syrian refugee children and their families in the Bekaa Valley are kept in bonded labor in agriculture to pay for makeshift dwellings provided by landowners. Adult Syrian refugees face legal restrictions that allow them to only work in agriculture, construction, and sanitation. To work legally, they also need to be registered with the UNHCR or have local sponsors. These restrictions on adults make children vulnerable to child labor. 

In Lebanon, basic education is compulsory. Children generally complete basic education at age 15. As the minimum age for work is lower than the compulsory education age, children may be encouraged to leave school before the completion of compulsory education.

Laws related to forced labor are insufficient because there is no legislative provision that provides criminal penalties for the exaction of forced labor, and debt bondage is not criminally prohibited. 

Enforce such laws to protect children from forced labour!

Please sign this petition and circulate it! 

 

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