Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Law that Delayed Advancement

In 2020, Armenia made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Beginning in April 2020, the Health and Labor Inspection Body took on some inspection responsibilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including enforcing quarantine provisions and ensuring worker safety and health. The government's National Action Plan Against Trafficking in Persons also went into effect in June, and implementation in several areas began immediately. In addition, the government adopted a new referral mechanism to provide assistance to minor victims of trafficking in persons. However, despite new initiatives to address child labor, Armenia is receiving an assessment of minimal advancement because it continued to implement a regression in law that delayed advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. Although some labor inspections resumed in 2020, labor inspectors still lack the authority to conduct unannounced inspections. Children in Armenia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in child labor in agriculture, and no government programs exist to aid them.

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