Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Central African Republic

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Central African Republic
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, the Central African Republic made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. In addition to publishing data on labor inspections, child labor violations, and funding, the Central African Republic's Ministry of Labor doubled the size of its labor inspectorate in 2020. The government also began to implement an expansive child protection code, and expanded mechanisms to coordinate anti-trafficking and other child protection efforts. However, children in the Central African Republic are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use in armed conflict by non-state armed groups and in diamond mining, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in child labor in agriculture and domestic work. Additionally, the Central African Republic does not meet the international standard for minimum age protections since it does not include children working in the informal sector. Moreover, an estimated 1.3 million children lacked access to education because of ongoing instability.

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