Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Eritrea

Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

No Advancement – No Efforts and Complicit in Forced Child Labor

In 2016, Eritrea made no efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor and was also complicit in the use of forced child labor. In addition to not making any efforts, Eritrea is receiving an assessment of no advancement due to its continued requirement that children in grades 9 to 11 participate in a national program called Maetot, where they engage in compulsory labor in agricultural, environmental, and hygiene-related public works projects. Children were also forced to enroll in the Government’s compulsory military training program. The Government does not make law enforcement data publicly available and national laws and regulations do not identify hazardous occupations or activities prohibited for children.  In addition, the Government does not have a mechanism to coordinate its efforts to address the worst forms of child labor.

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