Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Regression in Practice that Delayed Advancement
In 2016, Azerbaijan made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Despite new initiatives to address child labor, Azerbaijan is receiving this assessment because it implemented a regression in practice that delayed advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. In 2016, the Government suspended all labor inspections not based on a formal complaint, imposing a moratorium on inspections during the reporting period. Otherwise, the Government made efforts by providing training for labor inspectors and continuing a cash transfer program for vulnerable families. Children in Azerbaijan perform dangerous tasks in street work, and also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation. Legal protections for workers only apply to workers with written employment contracts, leaving self-employed children and children working outside of formal employment relationships vulnerable to exploitation. The labor inspectorate lacks sufficient personnel and resources to effectively enforce labor laws. In addition, research found limited evidence of government programs to address child labor in agriculture and street work, the sectors in which it is most prevalent.
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